• William Lee Arrington has been arrested and charged with four counts of animal cruelty for allegedly killing bear-hunting dogs with a rifle.
    William Lee Arrington has been arrested and charged with four counts of animal cruelty for allegedly killing bear-hunting dogs with a rifle.

4 hunting dogs shot, killed

Area man arrested and charged with animal cruelty

GREEN MOUNTAIN – A Green Mountain man has been arrested and charged with four counts of animal cruelty after allegedly killing two bear-hunting dogs and injuring another.

An arrest warrant was issued this past Friday for William Arrington, 59, of Brummetts Creek Road, after he was charged with three counts of felony animal cruelty for shooting and killing three bear-hunting dogs on his property. Arrington shot a third dog that initially survived, but later died, for which he was charged with one count of misdemeanor animal cruelty.

Deputy C.C. Hobson said it is believed the dogs were in pursuit of a bear when they went onto Arrington’s property. Arrington told Hobson he shot the dogs because they were chasing his cows, but several eyewitnesses told Hobson they observed Arrington shoot the dogs after pursuing them on an ATV.

The third count of felony animal cruelty stems from a missing fourth dog. Deputies obtained a search warrant and discovered that dog on Arrington’s property, buried in a grave beneath a slab of granite.

Arrington was arrested and released on a $28,000 bond. His court date is Monday, Nov. 20.

Officials from the North Carolina Department Wildlife Resources Commission also responded to the report.

Mitchell County Sheriff Donald Street said his office has received complaints from Arrington about bear-hunting dogs being on his property in the past.

See the Wednesday, Oct. 25, edition of the News-Journal for more about this story.

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