From The Trussville Tribune staff reports
CHAMBERS COUNTY — A Pinson man has been arrested in Chambers County for allegedly shooting two hunting dogs just outside the city of LaFayette.
David Green, 47, of Pinson, was charged with two misdemeanor counts of cruelty to animals and third degree theft, a felony, according to the Valley Times-News.
The newspaper reported that the alleged incident occurred on Jan. 12 near the Ridge Grove Hunting Club.
Joey Gillenwaters, president of the Chambers County Alabama Dog Hunters Association, told the Times-News that the dog owner was hunting on property owned by the hunting club when he lost sight of his dogs while they were chasing a deer.
When he heard gunshots, he used a GPS on the dogs’ collar to find them on adjoining property where they had been shot. One dog died and the other was taken to a veterinarian and ultimately had a leg amputated.
Conservation Officer John Davidson and the Chambers County Sheriff’s Office investigated the incident. Green turned himself in on Friday.
“This is not something we are going to tolerate in Chambers County,” Gillenwaters told the Times-News. “Just because a dog is on your property, it doesn’t mean you can kill them.”