A Springfield man was charged with killing a dog on Stapleton Road on Tuesday morning.
Police responded to a report of a man hitting a Chihuahua with either a baseball bat or a BB gun at about 11:10 a.m.
Authorities said that there were two small dogs barking in the area of the body of the mangled dog. According to theSpringfield Police’s Facebook page, a witness turned to tend to small children across the street when she heard one of the dogs yelping like it was being injured.
Initially, Metro reported that the suspect used a bat to kill the dog, but according to the information from the police, it may have been a bat or a BB gun.
The caller said she saw a the suspect standing over the body of the Chihuahua with the bat or a BB gun rifle while he watched the little dog until it stopped moving. The witness called 911 just after the suspect left in a silver truck.
Detective John Taylor responded and photographed the remains. The MSPCA, wrapped the body up in a blanket took the dog away.
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On 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Officer Raphael Vega saw the silver pick-up truck had returned to the neighborhood and arrested the suspect without incident.
Freddie Guy, 66, of 370 Stapleton Road, Springfield was charged with one count of cruelty to animals. Cruelty to animals is a felony punishable by up to seven years in prison.
The owner of the little dog lives on Garvey Drive, police said. Neighbors claimed that Guy would always complain about barking dogs.
Guy will appear in Springfield District Court on Wednesday.