MADISON, N.C. -- Authorities have charged a North Carolina man with felony animal cruelty for beating a dog to death with a baseball bat apparently because he was upset with another man.
Rockingham County Sheriff's Office spokesman Dean Venable said Wednesday that when Lonnie Florence returned to her home in Madison after a medical appointment, her house had been ransacked and the dog had been killed and left on its dog run.
Two baseball bats were found near the dog.
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Officials said 30-year-old Charley Joe Simmons was upset with Milton Florence, who lives with his mother. They said Simmons went to the house to kill the dog, and broke inside to find a weapon.
Simmons is jailed under $25,000 bond. A jailer couldn't immediately provide the name of the attorney representing Simmons.
Read more: http://www.thesunnews.com/2010/08/11/1632322/nc-man-accused-of-beating-dog.html#ixzz0wXO3svar
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