Chad Scott Miller of Longview, Wash. was charged with first degree animal cruelty on Thursday for hitting his two-year-old pit bull over the head with a sledgehammer. Miller has been ordered to appear at the Cowlitz County Superior Court on Wednesday.
According to The Daily News Online, the incident happened in October, but Animal Control supervisor Mike Nicholson stated the long delay in the animal cruelty charge was due to the difficulty in getting witnesses to testify. The case drew enormous outrage from the community. Nicholson stated:
It was just such an ugly case that it did take a while to get all my evidence and witnesses lined up.
The horrible events began in mid-October when a tip led authorities to Miller's home where he allegedly admitted to hitting his pit bull mix named Nero over the head with a sledgehammer. Miller told authorities the dog had eaten a box of donuts and then bit him on the arm. Authorities found one puncture mark on Miller's arm. When asked what happened to Nero, Miller stated he killed the dog and buried it, but couldn't remember exactly where the dog's body was buried.
A few days later however, the story takes on a very strange twist. KomoNews.com reports a resident from nearby Rose Valley found an injured red-nosed pit bull matching Nero's description lying along the road with a head injury. The person cared for the dog, and when he couldn't find the dog's owner, brought the friendly dog to the shelter.
The dog was diagnosed with three skull fractures, and after some investigation, authorities called Miller to tell him Nero was alive. Miller then admitted he had tried to kill the dog, but the dog ran away.
Nero was treated and recuperated at the Cowlitz County Humane Society. Everyone who meets Nero loves him. Offers from across the United States have reached out to adopt the adorable canine, but until the case is settled, Nero will remain at his foster home.
It's hoped that Nero will indeed get some justice. If you are interested in adopting a beautiful four-legged friend from the Cowlitz County Humane Society in support of Nero, please click here for photos of some beautiful candidates.
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