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Father of Cowboys RB Zeke Elliott charged after his wild cat allegedly attacked dog

The father of Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott has been charged after his wild cat allegedly attacked a neighbor's dog in Ohio in October, according to multiple reports.

According to the reports, Stacy Elliott, also known as Stacy El-Muhammad, is facing 21 charges -- including allowing a dangerous wild animal to escape, failure to notify of a dangerous wild animal escape and possession of a dangerous wild animal -- from a number of Ohio and local agencies after his serval, an African wild cat, got loose in Violet Township, Ohio, on Oct. 13 and allegedly attacked the dog.

The serval was shot and killed by a Fairfield County Sheriff's deputy.

Stacy Elliott denied owning the serval, but a microchip embedded in the cat led to the determination that Elliott had purchased the animal, according to the reports.

State Department of Agriculture chief investigator David Hunt told WSYX that the Humane Society also charged Elliott for allegedly mistreating and neglecting the animal. Hunt said the serval was "grossly underweight."

Some of the charges are also related to the possession of a "possible wolf-dog hybrid," according to WSYX.

Stacy Elliott did not respond to a request for comment from the Columbus Dispatch.

From 2015 to 2017, Elliott worked as an aide to then-Ohio State coach Urban Meyer. Ezekiel Elliott was a Buckeyes running back from 2013 to 2015 before being drafted by the Cowboys in the first round in 2016.