Charles Jones III was arrested on Sunday evening by the Marion County Sheriff's Department after he shot a puppy in the head and then shot an older dog chained outdoors at a relative's home on Parrish Run Road in Worthington, W.Va.
According to 12wboy.com, Jones had an argument with his sister Alicia Greathouse and her husband when Jones brandished a .22 caliber rifle and shot the family's puppy three times in the head. Children were in the same room.
Jones has been charged with two felony counts of animal cruelty and seven counts of wanton endangerment. He is being held at the North Central Regional Jail in lieu of $100,000 bond.
There is a direct correlation between animal and human cruelty, and those who kill and torture animals are more likely to commit violent crimes against humans. Animal welfare organizations must continue to offer generous rewards for information leading to the arrest and conviction of animal abusers. Prosecutors must demand prison sentences for convicted animal abusers and those who commit animal cruelty and insist that these criminals undergo psychological evaluations and counseling as part of their punishments.
Animal cruelty extends well beyond the physical; animal abusers are a danger to every man, woman, and child.
The older dog was humanely euthanized by the family's veterinarian. West Virginia Pets and Maddie's Angels are fundraising for the puppy's care.
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