MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WIAT) — A Montgomery man has been arrested and charged with animal cruelty after authorities reviewed a video reportedly showing the man tethering a Husky before shooting it with a crossbow and dumping its body into Gun Island Chute, a tributary of the Alabama River.
Charles David Graves, 61, was arrested Friday and charged with first-degree cruelty to a dog or a cat, according to court records.
Officials with the Montgomery Humane Society were called to the Cedar Park area of Montgomery on Tuesday, Jan. 3 by a local resident who said that her neighbor had shot a dog with a crossbow, an officer wrote in a report of the incident.
When authorities arrived, the resident showed officials video footage from cameras operated by the Cedar Point Landowners Association. The video reportedly showed a man police claim is Graves placing a large white and gray female Husky mix on a tether.
“Mr. Graves returns to his vehicle, retrieves his crossbow, and shoots the dog,” the humane officer wrote in the report. “Then [he] begins to drag the dog to the top of the hill and pushed the dog into the Gun Island Chute.”
First-degree cruelty to a dog or a cat is a felony in Alabama carrying a sentence of between one and ten years in prison and a maximum fine of $15,000.
Graves is currently being held in the Montgomery County Jail on $2,500 bond, according to jail records.