Appling man charged with shooting dog

An Appling man was charged with cruelty to animals Thursday after someone saw him shoot a dog with a rifle near Keg Creek Drive in Appling.

The witness told authorities that about 5:30 p.m. he noticed a GMC Envoy stopped on Keg Creek Drive near the boat ramp.

He saw the driver shoot a medium-size brown dog standing near the woods and then continue to drive downroad, according to a Columbia County Sheriff’s Office incident report.

When deputies arrived, they found large pools of blood and a blood trail leading into the woods, where the dog had died.

The owners of the dog, which was wearing a collar, were notified.

John Wesley York, 68, was arrested after deputies found the SUV parked at a nearby residence.

York admitted to shooting the dog. He said the dog was barking at him and trying to jump on the golf car he was towing with his Envoy.

Deputies could smell alcohol on York’s breath, and he told them he made a drink when he got to his home.

York was also charged with discharging a firearm on or near a public road.

He was released from the Columbia County Detention Center on Thursday on a $4,200 bond, according to jail officials.

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