The following accounts were taken from reports from The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office:
Dogs reported stabbed, shot
A family’s dog was stabbed Thursday in the backyard of their Martinez residence, and a Harlem man found his dog shot near a hunting club Dec. 17.
A 48-year-old Martinez resident told authorities that his son had let their pit bull/bulldog mix outside at about 9 a.m. Thursday to use the bathroom.
When the boy went back inside, he heard the dog barking. He looked outside and saw a stranger dressed all in black standing in the yard.
The man told the boy that his dog had bitten him.
While running from the yard, the man pulled out his cellphone and called someone to pick him up.
The boy picked up the dog and carried him to his father. The dog had a large wound to his neck and was taken to a nearby animal hospital for treatment.
Three days earlier, a Harlem man found his American bulldog fatally shot and lying in the woods near a hunting club that backs up to his property.
The 35-year-old said his dog, which had been missing since Dec. 14, occasionally wandered from the Douglas Road home but always returned at night.
On Dec. 17, the pet owner walked into his woods toward the hunting club where he found the dog lying near the property line with a gunshot wound.
The man said his dog was about 100 feet away from a deer stand.
The property owner of the hunting club said several men lease his land to hunt deer. The man said that he’s had problems in the past with dogs chasing his cattle in a field on the hunting grounds.
The man told authorities he would give them the lease that contained the renters’ names.
Man hit in face with baseball bat
An Appling man said that he was hit in the face with a baseball bat Thursday as he was standing in his garage.
The 21-year-old said he was alone at his Morris Callaway Road residence waiting for his mother to return home.
The man said when he walked outside to the edge of the garage, he was hit in the face with a bat. He was then dragged to the ground and kicked in the face.
The man refused medical treatment. He said he believes one or two people were responsible for the assault.
Cash, belongings reported stolen from home
A Martinez couple reported on Dec. 18 nearly $6,000 and other personal belongings stolen from their home.
The homeowners returned to their house on the 4000 block of Dowling Drive at about 3 p.m. and noticed a glass panel door to the kitchen had been smashed and their home was ransacked.
Almost $5,000 was taken out of a suit pocket hanging in the master bedroom closet. Also missing were 250 $1 bills and a gold Gucci watch from a drawer in the bedroom.
A bank bag with $500 in another bedroom closet also was reported stolen.
In addition, three bottles of alcohol were missing from a cabinet in the dining room, as was a woman’s wedding band.
Authorities saw that the wooden fence posts in the yard had been moved and several fresh footprints were leading to the residence from the fence.
A purse was found behind the fence.
Christmas decorations destroyed
Three Evans residents found their outdoor Christmas decorations destroyed overnight Dec. 19.
In each of the three front yards on Emerald Crossing, the heads had been ripped off wooden reindeers. Candy cane lights in one yard also were broken.