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Roanoke man charged with animal cruelty

Roanoke man charged with animal cruelty

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A Roanoke man has been accused of fatally shooting his dog with a crossbow, according to the Roanoke Police Department.

Michael Eugene Everson, 43, told authorities he euthanized the German shepherd because it was ailing after suffering a recent stroke, according to police and court records.

Search warrant documents said an animal warden discovered the dead pet last week after being dispatched to a northeast Roanoke home to investigate a complaint that a dog was being neglected. The person who submitted the complaint said the dog needed medical care but its owner wouldn’t take it to a vet.

The animal warden reported finding the dog covered by a white sheet in the home’s backyard. A police spokeswoman said Everson was charged with two counts of felony animal cruelty.

He hasn’t yet appeared in court to respond to the allegations. His case is scheduled for a hearing May 4.

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