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Man charged with killing dog
Suspect says roommate's dog soiled carpeting
Barton Hamilton

When a dog kept soiling the carpet inside a Coaches' Way home, a man took matters into his own hands and shot his roommate’s pet, killing it.
Then, he dumped the dog’s body in the woods, said Bulloch County Sheriff Lynn Anderson.
Barton Leigh Hamilton, 25,  Sweetgum Road, McRae, faces charges of aggravated cruelty to animals, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, reckless conduct and abandoning a dead dog on private property.
The dog reportedly defecated on the carpet inside the Burkhalter Plantation home, which apparently enraged Hamilton. Instead of taking other measures to handle the issue, he killed the dog, Anderson said.
When the roommate, Jonathan Corona, found his dog’s body in the woods behind the home, he called Bulloch County Sheriff’s deputies and told them he believed Hamilton was responsible, he said.
When deputies questioned Hamilton, he admitted having shot and killed the dog due to its not being house trained and fouling the house, he said.
Deputies seized the gun used in killing the dog, then arrested Hamilton. He was taken to the Bulloch County Jail, where he later posted a $6,000 bond, according to jail records.
Hamilton’s arrests came just over a week after Justin Bryan Davis, 29, Old Happy Road, Brooklet, was arrested for shooting and killing two puppies he said were digging in his trash.
Davis was charged with discharging a firearm on a public highway, cruelty to animals, and discharging a firearm while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Bulloch County Humane Enforcement Supervisor Joey Sanders said defending property, livestock, pets or persons against vicious animals is lawful, but in cases where animals do not pose a danger to others, proper measures should be taken to eliminate the problem.
Shooting an animal because it is in the trash or defecating on a carpet is not the proper way to handle such issues, he said. Also, firing a gun in a residential area could end in charges of reckless conduct, he added.
Neither Hamilton nor Corona could be reached immediately for comment.

Holli Deal Bragg may be reached at (912) 489-9414.

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