Man arrested, charged with animal cruelty
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- Waynesboro man Louis Edward Davis Jr. has been arrested and charged with cruelty to animals and reckless handling of a firearm after an incident last week that left a service dog dead.
On Friday, deputies from the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to a residence in the 200 Block of Rip Rap Road in the Waynesboro area of Augusta County for a dog that had been shot.
A twenty-seven year old Augusta County man called 911 from Waynesboro Animal Hospital, reporting that his service dog, a husky named Bear, had been shot.
The caller reported that he heard a gunshot outside, and then an animal cry out. Bear’s owner noticed Bear was no longer outside in the fenced-in yard.
The dog’s owner soon located Bear on the roadway near his residence on Mormon Gap Road. Bear suffered a gunshot wound to the spine. Bear was immediately transported by his owner to Waynesboro Animal Hospital. Upon arrival, Bear was pronounced dead.
Davis, 67, was arrested and charged at the conclusion of the investigation.
A large-caliber revolver, believed to be used in the incident, was recovered and seized by deputies.
Davis was transported to Middle River Regional Jail where he is currently being held without bond at this time.