Dog shot multiple times; 2 Walton men arrested

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Walton Sun

MOSSY HEAD — Two men are behind bars and a dog euthanized after the animal was shot numerous times Thursday night.

Deputies were called to 111 Roman Road at 10:25 p.m. for a shots fired report made to the Walton County Sheriff’s Office dispatch center. The caller said they heard gunshots and then the sound of an injured dog.

Deputies arrived and spoke to Billy Spires, 42, who said his dog killed a cat and he called his neighbor, Richard Wilson, 64, and asked him to bring a gun to the residence. Billy then took the handgun and shot the dog.

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The animal was still in the back yard, alive, and suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.

Both men were identified by deputies as convicted felons.

Spires was arrested and charged with animal cruelty and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Wilson was charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. They were both transported and booked into the Walton County Jail. Both men received a $5,000 bond.

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The dog, a female white American bulldog named “Lizzy,” was taken to the Walton County Animal Shelter by Animal Control officers.

Based on her injuries, the staff decided it was in the dog’s best interest to be humanely euthanized.