Man charged with using dog as weapon
A Thomasville man is facing assault charges for allegedly using his pit bull as a weapon.
According to an arrest warrant, Kenneth Travis Shoemaker, 18, of 315 Huntington Park, was charged by the Davidson County Sheriff's Office with simple assault, first-degree trespass and assault with a deadly weapon following an altercation with his neighbor on Monday.
Shoemaker is accused of taking his pit bull into his neighbor's fenced-in yard and engaging in an assault, “knowing the animal would attack the victim,” the warrant states.
Terry Jones, Shoemaker's neighbor, said his wife, Kim, suffered a severe bite from the dog during the altercation and currently is in the hospital after undergoing a pair of surgeries. Deputies responded to the scene and removed the dog, but the animal has since been returned to its owner after authorities verified it was properly vaccinated, according to Sheriff David Grice.
“The lady got bit,” Grice said. “We went out there and took the dog, as per the dog bite ordinance. They couldn't immediately prove the dog had been vaccinated. They found the proof and we had to release the dog back to him. We can't just take the dog and kill it.”
The arrest warrant states that Shoemaker unlawfully entered and remained on the premises, which was “enclosed and secured as to demonstrate clearly an intent to keep out intruders.”
Shoemaker was issued a $5,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in court on May 21.
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