Lowndes Man Found Guilty Of Animal Cruelty

By: Andy Alcock
By: Andy Alcock
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A Lowndes County man has been found guilty of animal cruelty.

As we first reported last month, 46 year old Danny Hatcher told us he fatally shot his dog Scrappy when he became vicious and tried to attack him.

Hatcher showed us where the dog chewed a hole in his chained link fence.

A Lowndes County judge wrote Hatcher's intent was not mean spirited.

However the judge ruled because Hatcher retreated into his home to get a shotgun to put Scrappy down instead of calling animal control, he's guilty of animal cruelty.

Hatcher was ordered to pay 70 dollars in court costs.

He was also found not guilty of failing to get a rabies tag for the dog.

A Lowndes County man charged with animal cruelty says he did nothing wrong.

According to the citation, a neighbor claims 46 year old Danny Hatcher beat and then shot his dog.

Hatcher tells us his dog Scrappy turned vicious.

He showed us where he says the dog used his jaws to make a hole in his home's chain link fence while attached to a chain.

Hatcher says when he tried to calm Scrappy down, the dog attacked him.

So he grabbed his shotgun and put him down.

"I do what I can to keep him away from me and when he wouldn't calm down, I put the dog down because I have grand young'ins and the lady to call the law on me has grandyoung'ins and there's no way I could see that dog catch me or no youngins," said Hatcher.

Hatcher is also accused of failing to get a rabies vaccine for the dog.

He says he adopted Scrappy about six months ago from a friend and didn't know the dog wasn't vaccinated.

Hatcher is due in court next month.

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