A 26-year-old man from Madison County, Indiana is facing animal cruelty charges after allegedly getting angry at a dog for barking and then killing it. Timothy R. Neill was arrested on animal cruelty charges and appeared in court on Wednesday for a preliminary hearing.
According to the Herald Bulletin, police were called to Neill’s home on July 5, at the 100 block of Winding Drive in Alexandria, after a report of the man’s stepson killing the family dog. When authorities arrived, the man was holding the lifeless body of a small brown dog. A choker chain had been hanging around the dog’s neck.
The man told police his stepson was angry because the dogs had been barking. Neill came rushing out of his bedroom and grabbed the dog by its choke chain and swung it around, ultimately slamming the defenseless animal into the coffee table.
Neill, however told police the dog tried to bite him and he used the leash to grab the 20-pound pup admitting to killing it. He said he wanted to make oatmeal in the kitchen, and every time he walked by, the dog would try to bite him. The coffee table in the living room was broken.
The investigation continues.
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