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Saturday, Oct 1, 2011County: Geneva
Charges: Felony CTA
Alleged: Tina Lynn Petty
Geneva County Sheriff's deputies recently arrested a 41-year-old woman on a felony charge in the shooting death of a bull dog.
Chief Deputy Tony Helms said deputies arrested Tina Lynn Petty and charged her with felony first-degree animal cruelty.
Helms said deputies charged Petty with using a shotgun to shoot a bull dog that belonged to a man who lives across the street from her. Helms said the shooting happened last week in the Sellersville Community near Samson.
The charge stemmed from a man calling the Geneva County Sheriff's Office after he came home to find one of his dogs had suffered injuries to its body from a shotgun blast. Helms said the man's dog was still alive when he found it inside its pin. But Helms said it was later euthanized due to the extent of the injuries. Helms said the man's second dog was found nearby, unharmed.
Helms said after deputies questioned Petty, who he said also lives in the Sellersville community with a friend, they found what they believed to be the weapon used in the crime in a vehicle.
"She eventually confessed to shooting the dog," Helms said.
Helms said Petty gave deputies no reason for shooting the dog. He said deputies were not aware of any dispute between the parties involved.
Records indicate Petty was released from custody after her arrest when she posted $5,000 bail. Records also say during Petty's first appearance in court, District Court Judge Stephen Smith ordered her to have no contact with the dog's owner.
Chief Assistant District Attorney Bill Filmore said Petty was charged with the type of animal cruelty charge that's a class C felony crime, which carries a possible punishment of one to 10 years in prison.
"She's charged with intentionally torturing the dog," Filmore said.
- dothaneagle.com - Nov 11, 2011
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