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January 21, 2013

Four States man charged with animal cruelty

After allegedly shooting dogs following altercation with his brother-in-law

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FAIRMONT —

The Marion County Animal Control was unable to help, Bledsoe said, so the Worthington Volunteer Fire Department transported the two dogs to the North Central West Virginia Veterinary Emergency Clinic. An employee there declined to release information on the condition of the dogs Sunday evening.

However, according to Deputy J. Williamson of the Marion County Sheriff’s Department, later in the evening, both dogs were in stable condition, although Toby, the 8-yearold outside dog, was having trouble breathing.

Earlier in the evening, Bledsoe said neither dog had been doing well shortly after the incident, describing their condition as “barely breathing — very shallow breathing.”


Jones already had convictions on several counts, including armed robbery, malicious wounding and domestic battery, so he should not have been in possession of a firearm, which was not registered, Bledsoe said.


“That’s just including a few of them,” he added. “He’s been arrested several times.”


Nobody in the family was arrested in relation to the altercation that led to the dogs being shot.


“There was nothing else done that was criminal other than by Mr. Jones,” Bledsoe said.

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