POINT PLEASANT — A plea has been entered in the case of a man accused of killing his neighbor’s dog with a pitchfork.
Todd Thompson, 44, of Point Pleasant, has entered a guilty plea to the misdemeanor offense of cruelty to animals, a lesser included offense as contained in the September 2013 indictment. A grand jury indicted Thompson on a charge of maliciously killing an animal, a felony.
Thompson appeared before Judge David W. Nibert this week in Mason County Circuit Court represented by Attorney Damon Morgan Jr. Thompson is to reappear before Nibert at 9:30 a.m. Oct. 17. The misdemeanor charge carries a fine of no less than $300 nor more than $2,000 or confinement in jail not more than six months or both.
According to the official criminal complaint filed in Mason County Magistrate Court, back in May 2013, Thompson is accused of getting into argument with his neighbor on Raven Drive in the Camp Conley area. During the course of the argument, Thompson is accused of throwing a pitchfork at his neighbor’s miniature pinscher dog and impaling it, killing the animal.
The Mason County Sheriff’s Department conducted the investigation in this case. Prosecuting Attorney R. Craig Tatterson represented the state in this case.