Man found guilty of animal cruelty
BAKERSVILLE – A Green Mountain who was arrested after allegedly killing three bear-hunting dogs and injuring another was found guilty this past week of two misdemeanor charges.
William Arrington, 60, of Brummetts Creek Road, was arrested in October 2017 and charged with three counts of felony animal cruelty, one count of misdemeanor animal cruelty and one felony count of obstruction of justice 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 the one count of misdemeanor animal cruelty. He pleaded not guilty to all charges.
Deputy C.C. Hobson said at the time of Arrington’s arrest it was 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 fourth dog that was initially missing. Deputies obtained a search warrant and discovered that dog on Arrington’s property, buried in a grave beneath a slab of granite.
The case went to trial this past week, and Arrington was found guilty of one count of misdemeanor obstruction of justice and one count of misdemeanor cruelty to animals. He was given a 45-day suspended sentence, 18 months of supervised probation, fined $250, ordered to pay $500 in restitution and he must complete 24 hours of community service. Arrington is also not allowed to possess a firearm when not on his property, according to court documents.