A Grovetown man was arrested Tuesday, more than a week after he allegedly shot his neighbor’s Chihuahua.
Marcus Harvey Thomas, 27, of the 5700 block of Jaime Drive, was charged with aggravated cruelty to animals.
Thomas’ neighbor called police at about noon on Aug. 15 claiming that Thomas shot her small dog. The 34-year-old woman said she heard a gunshot outside her Jaime Drive home and ran to the road, where she found her female mixed-breed Chihuahua in a ditch with gunshot wounds to her neck and side.
The ditch is about 200 yards from Thomas’ home. He admitted to police that he shot the dog. Thomas said he ran the dog away several times after it was in his yard attempting to bite his friends.
At the request of the woman, a sheriff’s deputy used his service weapon to shoot the animal to “keep her dog from suffering.” A Columbia County Animal Services officer told the woman about the leash law. No charges were filed at the time.
Thomas was being held in the Columbia County Detention Center on Friday on a $5,100 bond, according to jail records.