An Appling man was charged Tuesday with killing his ex-wife’s dog.
Charles C. Jones, 45, of Rance Perry Road, was arrested after not showing up for an 11 a.m. scheduled interview with Columbia County Sheriff’s Office investigator, according to sheriff’s Major Rick Whitaker. Jones was charged with cruelty to animals.
Jones’ ex-wife called authorities after getting a phone call from her 12-year-old son, who was visiting his father’s Appling home, late on Sept. 1. The Augusta woman told the deputy that her son said Jones was extremely rough with her Boston terrier dog and threw it outside, according to a sheriff’s office incident report.
The boy told his mother that Jones was angry because the dog urinated on the carpet at Jones’ home, Whitaker said. The boy said Jones roughly rubbed the dog’s nose in the urine causing its eyes to bulge. Jones then threw the dog outside by its hind leg.
The woman said when she arrived, they initially couldn’t find the dog, but found it dead in the front yard. Columbia County Animal Services took the dog to a Grovetown veterinarian for a necropsy, which determined the dog died from trauma including a fractured vertebra from excessive force, Whitaker said.
Jones told the deputies on Sept. 1 that he did rub the dog nose in the urine and throw it outside, but denied being rough, according to the report. He said he put the dog outside because it bit him, according to the report. The woman said the dog has never been aggressive and would only bite if it was being hurt.
Jones was released from the Columbia County Detention Center late Tuesday after posting a $1,600 bond, according to jailers.