Man charged in animal cruelty case caught, jailed

June 29, 2004|by RICHARD F. BELISLE

Dallas Davis, wanted by Waynesboro police since January in a cruelty case involving a dog left in a trash bin with broken legs, was arrested Monday while in court in Chambersburg, Pa., on unrelated charges, authorities said.

Davis, 36, formerly of 807 W. Main St., and his girlfriend at the time, Sharon K. Black, 43, of the same address, were charged with animal cruelty in the case.

Both face up to five years in prison if convicted.

Davis also was charged with making terroristic threats.

The dog - a young, white, female mongrel - was found scared and whimpering in a trash bin at the Landis Gardner factory on East Sixth Street by a company security guard.


The dog had two broken front legs. Makeshift splints fashioned from a broken ruler and duct tape were on her legs. A veterinarian who treated the dog determined that her legs were broken deliberately, court records said.

The dog, named Hope by Antietam Humane Society officials, was operated on but died two days later, on Jan. 13.

According to allegations in the affidavit of probable cause in District Justice Larry Pentz's office, Davis threatened to kill Black and her son if she didn't dispose of the dog, a small white shepherd-mix.

Police allege that Davis threw the dog on the ground several times and hit its front legs with a cane.

He tried to secure it with a makeshift splint, court records said.

Davis told Black he killed the dog when he got tired of dealing with it, records allege. He ordered her to throw it in the trash bin near the place in which she worked at the time, court records said.

The dog may have been in the bin for up to four days before she was found, court records said.

Black waived her preliminary hearing last week and faces mandatory arraignment on Aug. 4, Pentz said.

Davis' address had been listed as unknown by Waynesboro police. He listed it as 3777 Old Garber Road, Finksburg, Md., on an application he filled out for a court-appointed attorney in Pentz's office Monday.

He said on the application that he was not working, pending a disability claim.

Pentz ordered Davis jailed on $20,000 bond pending a preliminary hearing July 6 at 1 p.m.

Court records show that Davis was ordered to appear in Franklin County Common Pleas Court Monday on charges of unlawful delivery of powdered cocaine.

Police there learned that Davis was wanted on the cruelty charge, Franklin County Sheriff's Deputy Bill Kauffman said. Police in Waynesboro faxed a copy of Davis' arrest warrant and he was taken into custody, Kauffman said.

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