- Associated Press - Saturday, April 19, 2014

SPERRY, Iowa (AP) - A southeast Iowa man faces a felony charge after being accused of shooting a neighboring family’s dog while it played near a 10-year-old boy.

Cody Trails Warth, 21, of Sperry, was arrested Thursday night on suspicion of felony second-degree criminal mischief, animal abuse and shooting a rifle across a roadway. He faces up to 10 years in prison.

Janice Hine told the Burlington Hawk Eye (https://bit.ly/1gVH2ns) that her 10-year-old son was traumatized by the shooting.

The hunting dog, named Marlow, was on his family’s property and was about 15 yards from her son when he was shot in a hind leg, breaking it, she said. The dog underwent surgery and is expected to recover.

“They weren’t doing anything wrong,” she said. “They were just playing. It just makes no sense to me. I just feel grateful my son wasn’t shot.”

An arrest affidavit says Des Moines County sheriff’s deputies went to Warth’s house Thursday evening and questioned him. Deputies said Warth initially denied shooting the dog but later admitted doing so after changing his story several times. Warth’s girlfriend, who was at the house at the time of the shooting, also told deputies that Warth shot the dog, the affidavit says.

Investigators did not say what motivated the shooting.

A phone number for Warth could not be found Saturday.

Warth was arrested, charged and posted $5,000 to be released. His next court appearance is set for Friday.


Information from: The Hawk Eye, https://www.thehawkeye.com

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