A North Carolina man who dragged a dog from its home has been charged with felony animal cruelty. The charges came Saturday after the Fletcher Police Department learned he may have shot and killed a dog on Ambrosia Lane, Blue Ridge Now reported August 4.
Ricky Weldon Baldwin, 40, of 147 Ambrosia Lane in Fletcher, was given a $3,000 secured bond by a magistrate and has since bonded out of jail.
Shadow was shot in his own yard just days before his first birthday. The Facebook: We Demand Justice For Shadow page describes the tragedy
"Shadow was shot by a neighbor on 8/1/14. Allegedly, he was dragged from the shelter of his home and shot 3 times by a neighbor whose unspayed female dog had wandered into the yard when Shadow was outside, and they did what comes naturally to an unaltered male and female dog.
Shadow's neighbor, whose unspayed female was left outside during her menses, observed their mating. He subsequently shot twice at Shadow who was luckily only grazed, but extremely frightened. He ran and hid. His family finally found him and brought him home to clean and nurse his wounds. Fearing for his safety, they attempted to re-home him. In the meantime, they only took him outside on a leash."
A home wasn't found quickly enough, and on August 1, Baldwin learned he hadn't killed Shadow, and paid a visit to the home. Shadow's owners were out, and Baldwin dragged a terrified Shadow out into the yard, where he shot Shadow three times at close range.
When officers with the Fletcher Police Department were dispatched on a anonymous complaint of a canine being shot at 9:59 p.m. Friday night, they found several people on the scene who denied hearing the shots or having knowledge of a wounded or dead dog.
Officers responded again on Saturday, where enough evidence was gathered by the Henderson County Sheriff's Office and the District Attorney's Office to make an arrest. Neighbors apparently have a fear of Baldwin.
A candlelight vigil has been set for Shadow at 7 p.m. Friday at the old court house in downtown Hendersonville. Flowers will be left at the end of the driveway before the ceremony.
This date was chosen to coincide with what would have been Shadow's first birthday. A Faceook event page can be found here for those wishing to attend.
Rest in peace, dear Shadow. You didn't deserve to die for doing what comes natural to a dog. The fault lies in Baldwin, who allowed his female to breed. Those who have heard your story will make sure justice is served.