ETX man charged with burning live dogs in fire pit | Crime
Released by the Wood County Sheriff's Department:
On Monday, 04-02-2012, Wood County Sheriff’s Department deputy responded to an animal call on County Road 2174.
Upon arrival, Deputy J.W. Williams discovered a hole in the ground. Inside the hole, Deputy Williams discovered the metal bands from numerous burned tires and the burned carcass of a medium sized dog.
Witnesses advised that on Sunday, 04/01/2012; the suspect, Larry Lowery, had thrown a dog into a fire. The suspect, Larry Lowery, is a 28 year old, white male from Point, Texas in Rains County.
According to witnesses, Lowery was confronted about burning the dog. Lowery apologized and then later threw a second dog into the fire. According to witnesses, Lowery was bragging about the dogs and stated that the second dog did not die. Witnesses stated that Lowery stated that the second dog jumped out of the fire and ran off on fire.
According to witnesses, there were approximately four (4) persons sitting around the pit watch debris being burned and were drinking alcoholic beverages. One of the witnesses, (unknown which one), made a comment daring Lowery to throw a stray dog into the fire. Witnesses stated that Lowery picked up a stray dog and threw the dog into the fire.
Deputy Williams made contact with Lowery who gave a voluntary statement, admitting to grabbing a stray dog that had bit Lowery approximately two weeks earlier. According to Lowery, he was swinging the dog towards the fire. Lowery advised that he stumbled over a rock or a root and “accidentally” tossed the dog into the fire.
Lowery was arrested and booked into the Wood County Detention Facility for the offense of Cruelty to a Non-Livestock Animal, a state jail felony. Lowery was magistrated and received a Five Thousand Dollar ($5,000.00) bond. Lowery was released after making a surety bond at approximately 0930 hours on Tuesday, 04-03-2012. No further information will be released at this time.
This case will be forwarded to the Wood County District Attorney’s Office for prosecution.