Belleville man faces felony charge in killing of family's dog

WOOD COUNTY, W.Va. (WTAP) - A Belleville man is facing a felony charge after admitting to authorities that he killed his dog with a wooden mallet because it had bitten his daughter and a neighbor's child on consecutive days and he didn’t want it to bite any more children.

According to a criminal complaint in Wood County Magistrate Court, Christopher Garner, 35, told investigators he used the mallet to kill the dog because the Humane Society was closed and it was the only way he knew how to handle the situation.

He told investigators he would have shot the dog instead, but he doesn't own a gun.

Garner was charged with cruelty to animals and released on a $5,000 bond after his arraignment in magistrate court.

In a post on its Facebook page, the Humane Society of Parkersburg said one of its officers and the Wood County sheriff’s office began an investigation on Monday after responding to a call about a dog bite.

The Humane Society said another dog was removed from the home but is not yet available for adoption.