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Saturday, Jun 16, 2007County: Peach
Charges: Felony CTA
Alleged: Jason Allmon
In the central Georgia town of Byron, a man has been charged with felony cruelty to animals. Police say he shot a neighbor's 8-month-old puppy 14 times.
With three dogs and five cats, Toni Smisson is an animal lover and not long ago, she had more cats, but they started disappearing.
Smisson suspected that her next door neighbor, 35-year-old Jason Allmon, had a role in the disappearances, but she said she couldn't prove it. Smisson said Allmon mounted speakers on a fence aimed at Smisson's yard, and her dogs.
"He would transmit a noise, an ultrasonic frequency into the back yard and its supposed to be anti-bark, but it made [them] bark more," said Smisson.
Last weekend, Smisson's Husky mix, Zoe, jumped a fence. Smisson said she spotted Allmon with a gun.
"He walked over, pointed a big gun at her and shot her in the head and said 'You've had this coming,' He looked at me and put two more bullets in her head," said Smisson.
Byron Police Chief Wesley Cannon charged Allmon with felony cruelty to animals based on surveillance tape from Allmon's home.
"The entire crime is on tape. In that video, we see no signs of aggression from the animal," said Cannon.
Cannon described the case as a neighborly feud that simply escalated beyond proportion. Smisson preferred to describe it as bullying.
Michael Chidester, a lawyer representing Allmon said, "Mr. Allmon shot a nuisance animal on his own property. It wouldn't be a crime if he'd shot a raccoon or a possum. We don't see why this animal is anything but a nuisance animal. In our view, Ms. Smisson is just as guilty of animal cruelty as Mr. Allmon is."
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