A Washington Parish man is behind bars after police say he shot and killed five abandoned puppies in February. Chief Deputy Mike Haley with the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office says a concerned citizen contacted the Humane Society after seeing the abandoned puppies on the side of the road.
“A rescuer from the Magnolia Chapter responded to the scene. When the rescuer got to the scene found that the puppies were still there, but they had all been shot and they were dead,” Haley said.
Haley says they launched an investigation, and a tip led them to 25-year-old Shawn Glen Jones of Angie. He says initially, Jones denied knowing anything about the puppies, but as the questioning continued, the truth eventually came out.
“He had a female dog that was the same breed as the slain puppies, and then with further questioning he finally admitted the puppies were his, and he had dropped them off at the location,” Haley said.
Haley says Jones still denied shooting the puppies, until detectives learned he had obtained a .22 caliber rifle just before the shooting. He says the suspect did not have the weapon with him when he dropped off the puppies, but…
“Apparently after he dropped the puppies off, he went back home, picked up his rifle and some ammunition, returned to the location, and shot each one of the puppies,” Haley said.
Jones is booked on five counts of cruelty to animals, and he’s being held in the Washington Parish Jail on a $15,000 bond.