Family pet shot, killed in Dadeville - WSFA.com Montgomery Alabama news.

Family pet shot, killed in Dadeville

Anthony Lee Thornton. (Source: Tallapoosa County Sheriff's Department) Anthony Lee Thornton. (Source: Tallapoosa County Sheriff's Department)
TALLAPOOSA CO., AL (WSFA) -

A family pet was shot and killed outside its home a few miles south of Dadeville, and the owners want to know why.

Dewayne Johnson stared at the fresh grave his son dug on the family property for their beloved member of the family named Bella. Bella was a 9-year-old weimaraner. Even more difficult for Johnson is having to explain what happened to Bella and why to his 4-year-old granddaughter.

"And she wants to know if her dog is going to Heaven, and why do people have to be so mean," Johnson said.

Tallapoosa County investigators say 32-year-old Anthony Lee Thornton shot and killed Bella on Deerpath Drive early Thursday morning.

We're told Thornton lived in a small home off and on and allegedly shot Bella from his front yard as she was running alongside the family car.

"She wouldn't hurt a flea," Johnson said.

Thornton faces an animal cruelty charge, reckless endangerment and firing across a public road.

Tallapoosa County Sheriff Jimmy Abbett declined to say whether Anthony Lee Thornton confessed to the crime. We do know, however, he posted his $35,000 bail Friday morning.

No one answered the door at the home on Deerpath Drive. Thornton reportedly told the court he intends to hire his own attorney. No word on who that might be.

Dewayne Johnson says his son had no choice but to put Bella down because she had no chance of surviving the initial gunshot wound.

If convicted on the charges, Anthony Lee Thornton could get a minimum of one year in prison on the animal cruelty charge and up to 12 months in jail on the remaining charges.

Copyright 2017 WSFA 12 News. All rights reserved.

  • NewsMore>>

  • Trump says he 'won't let' social media target conservatives

    Trump says he 'won't let' social media target conservatives

    Saturday, August 18 2018 9:48 AM EDT2018-08-18 13:48:43 GMT
    Sunday, August 19 2018 7:28 AM EDT2018-08-19 11:28:14 GMT
    President Donald Trump boards Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Friday, Aug. 17, 2018. (Source: AP Photo/Pablo MartinPresident Donald Trump boards Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Friday, Aug. 17, 2018. (Source: AP Photo/Pablo Martin

    President Donald Trump is accusing social media companies of "totally discriminating against Republican/Conservative voices" and says he "we won't let that happen.".

    More >>

    President Donald Trump is accusing social media companies of "totally discriminating against Republican/Conservative voices" and says he "we won't let that happen.".

    More >>
  • Italy's leader demands safe roads; bridge toll rises to 43

    Italy's leader demands safe roads; bridge toll rises to 43

    Saturday, August 18 2018 4:10 AM EDT2018-08-18 08:10:33 GMT
    Sunday, August 19 2018 7:27 AM EDT2018-08-19 11:27:52 GMT
    (Luca Zennaro/ANSA via AP). Firefighters remove debris of the collapsed Morandi highway bridge in Genoa, Italy, Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018. Italian authorities have lowered the death to 38 from 39 in the collapse of a highway bridge in Genoa. Genoa Prefec...(Luca Zennaro/ANSA via AP). Firefighters remove debris of the collapsed Morandi highway bridge in Genoa, Italy, Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018. Italian authorities have lowered the death to 38 from 39 in the collapse of a highway bridge in Genoa. Genoa Prefec...

    Italian media say three more bodies have been found in the rubble of the Genoa bridge collapse, raising the death toll to 41.

    More >>

    Italian media say three more bodies have been found in the rubble of the Genoa bridge collapse, raising the death toll to 41.

    More >>
  • Former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan dies at age 80

    Former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan dies at age 80

    Saturday, August 18 2018 6:00 AM EDT2018-08-18 10:00:29 GMT
    Sunday, August 19 2018 7:27 AM EDT2018-08-19 11:27:38 GMT
    Former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan has died at the age of 80. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)Former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan has died at the age of 80. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

    Kofi Annan, one of the world's most celebrated diplomats and a charismatic symbol of the United Nations who rose through its ranks to become the first black African secretary-general, has died.

    More >>

    Kofi Annan, one of the world's most celebrated diplomats and a charismatic symbol of the United Nations who rose through its ranks to become the first black African secretary-general, has died.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly