- Associated Press - Saturday, April 26, 2014

SPERRY, Iowa (AP) - A Sperry man accused of shooting a dog in front of a 10-year-old boy saw his bond doubled Friday during his first court appearance in Des Moines County District Court.

District Associate Judge Michael Dieterich increased bond for 21-year-old Cody Trails Warth to $10,000 on Friday for the felony charge against him, the Burlington Hawk Eye reported (https://bit.ly/1hy2lfe ). The judge did not say why he doubled the bond during the 10-minute hearing Friday, only that he had the authority to do so.

Warth had been free on $5,000 bond when he appeared before the judge on charges of felony criminal mischief and misdemeanor counts of animal abuse and shooting a gun across a roadway. He was led from the courtroom in handcuffs but released from jail two hours later after a bondsman posted his bail.

A phone number for Warth could not be found Saturday. His next court appearance is set for May 5.

Warth is accused of shooting a neighboring family’s dog while it played on the family’s property near a 10-year-old boy.

The boy’s mother, Janice Hine, told the newspaper last week that her son was traumatized by the shooting. The hunting dog, named Marlow, was about 15 yards from her son when it was shot in a hind leg, Hine said. The dog underwent surgery and is expected to recover.

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

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

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