Augusta man who killed neighbor's dog pleads guilty

A Chester Avenue resident who shot and killed a neighbor’s dog pleaded guilty Monday to a reduced charge of disorderly conduct.

Pablo C. Chaves, 35, was arrested on Feb. 17 after deputies found Chaves with a bloody chain saw and dead dog.

Defense attorney Bobby Christine told the judge in Richmond County Superior Court that Chaves was in his own fenced-in back yard with more than a dozen guests when the neighbor’s rottweiler-pit bull mixed dog jumped the fence, attacking two of his pets, killing one. The dog had previously killed one of Chaves’ dogs and was known to have killed other pets in the neighborhood.

Chief Judge J. Carlisle Overstreet accepted the plea negotiation and sentenced him to time served.

The owner of the dog, Marquis Jackson, was cited for failure to keep animal under control in the incident. He pleaded guilty March 21 in Richmond County Magistrate Court and was sentenced to six months probation and fined $400. The conditions also include making restitution and not to own any more dogs.