Charles C. Jones, 45, of Rance Perry Road, was arrested after not showing up for an 11 a.m. interview scheduled with a Columbia County sheriff’s investigator, according to sheriff’s Maj. Rick Whitaker. Jones was charged with cruelty to animals.
Jones’ ex-wife called authorities after getting a phone call from her 12-year-old son, who was visiting his father’s Appling home, late on Sept. 1. The Augusta woman told the deputy that her son said Jones was extremely rough with her Boston terrier and threw it outside, according to a sheriff’s office incident report.
The boy told his mother that Jones was angry because the dog urinated on the carpet in Jones’ home, Whitaker said. The boy said Jones roughly rubbed the dog’s nose in the urine, causing its eyes to bulge. Jones then threw the dog outside by its hind leg.
The woman said that when she arrived, they initially couldn’t find the dog, but later discovered it dead in the front yard. Columbia County Animal Services took the body to a Grovetown veterinarian for a necropsy, which determined the dog died from trauma, including a fractured vertebra from excessive force, Whitaker said.
Jones told deputies that he did rub the dog’s nose in the urine and threw it outside, but denied being rough, according to the report. He said he put the dog outside because it bit him, according to the report. The woman said the dog has never been aggressive and would bite only if it were being hurt.
Jones was being held in the Columbia County Detention Center on Tuesday night on a $1,600 bond, Whitaker said.