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Local man arrested for cruelty to animals

Monday, October 23, 2006

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By IVY HERRON

missivy1964@yahoo.com

Brazil City Police Chief Mark Loudermilk says anyone who fires a weapon within Brazil City limits will be prosecuted.

"It is absolutely unacceptable, and illegal, for someone to do this," Loudermilk said. "People need to know that whenever this happens, we will press charges."

Around 3:30 p.m. on October 10, members of the Brazil City Police Department and the Clay County Humane Society responded to a report of an agitated Rotwieler running loose in a neighborhood near the 1200 block of N. Leavitt St.

Chief Loudermilk says there were no reports of the dog attacking anyone.

While officials were trying to capture the dog, according to Loudermilk, Ronald Lee Romine came out of his home with a long rifle. Romine positioned himself in his yard with the dog in his line of sight between two houses, and, at a distance of about a block, shot at the dog.

"This is reckless behavior -- there were children outside when this happened," Loudermilk said. "Also, we have equipment to safely and humanely catch an animal in this type of situation."

Romine's shot shattered the dog's spine, requiring it be put to sleep because of the nature of the injury.

Patrolman Clint McQueen performed an investigation of the incident and obtained an arrest warrant from the Clay County Prosecutor's Office.

Arrested at his home on October 18 for criminal recklessness, Romine was booked into the Clay County Justice Center with a 10 percent cash bond of $7,000.

On Friday, Romine pled not guilty before Judge Blaine Akers in Clay Superior Court. A pre-trial conference has been scheduled at 1:30 p.m. on January 22, 2007 with a jury trial to begin at 1:30 p.m. on February 19.

Romine has bonded out to await trial.

Chief Loudermilk says there is a possibility of "future charges of animal cruelty after the Prosecutor's Office further reviews the case" against Romine.



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