EDWARDSVILLE — A Granite City area man was charged Thursday with two felonies for allegedly shooting his neighbor’s dog, which later had to be euthanized.
According to a Madison County Sheriff’s Office press release, William A. Brown, 62, of the 1000 block of Wanda Drive, was charged in Madison County Circuit Court with felony charges of aggravated cruelty to animals and aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, as well as a misdemeanor charge of aggravated assault.
At approximately 7:46 p.m. Wednesday, the Madison County Sheriff’s Office responded to a home in the 1000 block of St. Thomas Road, in rural Granite City, in reference to a family’s dog having been shot by a neighbor. Deputies met with the dog’s owner, who told them his neighbor, Brown, just shot his 6-year-old American bulldog named Donte.
Donte’s owner told deputies his 3-year-old child was in their fenced-in back yard playing with Donte just minutes prior to him hearing a gunshot. He told deputies his child entered the home and approximately two minutes later, he heard the gunshot and saw Donte at his back door, bleeding from his face. The owner exited his home to see Brown holding a pistol in Brown’s back yard. Brown reportedly pointed the gun at the dog’s owner, who told Brown he was calling the police. Brown fled the area as police were responding.
Deputies located Brown driving a vehicle near the scene while they were conducting the investigation. Brown was stopped by deputies and found to be in possession of a loaded handgun. Deputies also located a loaded rifle in Brown’s vehicle. Brown was taken into custody and transported to the Madison County Jail, where he was held pending a formal review of facts by the Madison County State’s Attorney’s Office.
Associate Judge Jennifer Hightower signed and issued the criminal complaint and information against Brown, setting his bond at $50,000. Brown remains in the custody of the Madison County Jail in lieu of bond.
Donte was transported to an emergency animal clinic, where he was euthanized because of the severity of his injuries.