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Case ID: 14455
Classification: Beating
Animal: dog (non pit-bull)
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Wednesday, Aug 27, 2008

County: Sussex

Charges: Misdemeanor
Disposition: Alleged

Alleged: Ronald L. Smith

Delaware State Police arrested a Greenwood man on Wednesday for allegedly beating a stray husky dog. According to witnesses, Ronald L. Smith, was observed in the front yard of his home hitting the dog with his fists and then later striking the dog with a metal pole, until the dog collapsed.

Police did observe a metal pole with blood on it and what appeared to be animal hair, upon arrival at the scene. When Troopers contacted Smith he appeared to be under the influence of alcohol, but did acknowledge taking in a stray Husky recently. However, Smith informed police that he gave the dog away on Tuesday.

While searching the area officers observed an area beside the home with footprints and what appeared to be drag marks. They followed the marks, finding several spots of blood leading into a wooded area, but no dog.

Bloody clothing with possible animal hair was recovered from Smith's home. Smith was arrested and charged with animal cruelty and disorderly conduct. He was released after posting a $1,250.00 bond.


  • WDMT - Aug 29, 2008

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