Two Teens Arrested on Animal Cruelty Charges in Etowah County

Two teens have been arrested on Animal Cruelty charges after they were allegedly recorded shooting at a restrained dog.

The Etowah County Sheriff’s Office, last Saturday – was notified about the video.  Sheriff Jonathon Horton said that the video showed the dog – who is named Bullet – tied to a tree in the woods.   He was running in a circle around the tree – as he was shot at, with a long gun.  By that afternoon – the sheriff said – all involved had been identified and a weapon was recovered.

Trenton Dewayne Sudberry, age 18 of Gadsden – is charged with Animal Cruelty, and is being held in the Etowah County Detention Center.  A second suspect, whose name is not being released, is also charged with Animal Cruelty through the juvenile court system.

Nicholas Jared Wayne, one of Bullet’s owners, shared a post on Facebook last Saturday by a female – who said she’d found the dog – and added she was looking for its owners.  He said they messaged her and showed proof that it was their dog, but to no avail.    He also shared a video of someone shooting at Bullet – and stated that he feared his dog was dead.  Bullet, who had run away, was returned to his family late Sunday.   Wayne said he does not know the suspects.

According to medical experts, “Bullet will be receiving a full examination and seems to be in good spirits being back with his family, and he should make a good recovery,’’

Sheriff Horton also thanked all the community members that shared the information and provided tips to investigators.



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