Woman charged, accused of beating and shooting dog to death

A 26-year-old woman was charged after she was accused of beating and shooting a dog to death. (Morgan County Sheriff's Office)

A woman charged after a dog was beaten and shot to death pleaded not guilty Wednesday morning.

Hannah Leigh Jones, 26, was charged with second-degree animal abuse and placed in the Morgan County Jail on a $25,000 bond, according to online court records.

Jones had beat a female Husky-Malamute mix that had belonged to her ex-boyfriend with a tire iron the night of May 11, according to a probable cause statement. Jones told a Morgan County deputy she did not have food for the dog or its five puppies. She said she struck the dog across the face three times because she did not have a gun. She said the dog needed to die immediately due to lack of food.

Because she thought the dog had died, she left outside the chain kennel the puppies were in. The next morning, she returned to where the dog was and saw it was still alive. So, she went into the house at which she was staying in the 1600 block of Wildlife Drive and grabbed a .22 rifle. She then shot the dog in the head.

The deputy found the dog had been "stuffed into foliage" behind the residence.

A cousin of Jones said the dogs had food and there was food for the dogs at the residence. Accommodations were made for the puppies and they were safely removed from the residence.

Jones' case review was scheduled for May 23 at 9 a.m.

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