Fred Thomas Wright

Sheriff: Man charged with animal cruelty for shooting two dogs

Posted at 2:53 PM on Jan 7, 2019



A southern Iredell County resident faces a pair of felony charges for shooting two dogs on his property on Tammy Drive.

Iredell County Sheriff Darren Campbell announced the arrest of Fred Thomas Wright, 55, on Monday afternoon. He was charged with two counts of felony cruelty to animals on December 30 and released after promising to answer the charges in court.

ICSO deputies were dispatched to 207 Tammy Drive for a civil disturbance concerning two dogs being shot, Campbell said in a news release. 

After arriving on the scene, deputies spoke to Stephanie Marie Miller, who advised the deputies her dog had been shot and was severely injured, Campbell said.

After further investigation and interviewing the suspect, deputies determined that Wright had shot two dogs, according to the news release.

Wright claimed the dogs killed one of his roosters, Campbell said.

Deputies went to Wright's residence and located a deceased dog, which had been shot, but did not locate a rooster or any signs of a rooster being killed, the sheriff added.

Wright was arrested on scene and transported to Iredell County Detention Center, where he was charged and released by Magistrate Nethken.

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