An Anchor Point man was remanded to Homer jail for ‘knowingly inflicting severe physical pain or prolonged suffering on an animal’ after allegedly beating the family dog with a baseball bat. The medium-sized dog known as “Bo Duke” was observed by a neighbor dragging its rear legs, yelping and looking as if it had been hit several times on its face.
The neighbor shot the dog in the head to “put it out of its misery.” When confronted, William Harley David Chapman, 22, said that he and another man were “beating the dog to death” because it had bit a child. Chapman claimed that he had to use a bat because he is a felon and can’t have a gun, according to charging documents. On the front porch of the house, troopers observed a green tactical vest with a handgun holster attached to it. On the back of the vest were several rounds of ammunition for a 12 guage shotgun.
A second anonymous tip told troopers that marijuana was growing at the residence. In the service of the search warrant, an excess of 25 marijuana plants were located inside the residence and in the outdoor grow.
Chapman has been charged with six felony complaints including cruelty to animals, misconduct involving weapons in the second degree, misconduct involving a controlled substance in the third degreeand three counts of misconduct involving a controlled substance in the fourth degree, and three misdemeanor complaints including disorderly conduct, fifth and six degree misconduct involving a controlled substance and a violation complaint of endangering the welfare of a child in the second degree.
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