A Virginia man is behind bars after he killed a hunting dog that came onto his property. He is facing felony animal cruelty charges, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, two counts of destruction of property, assault, two counts of larceny, and maiming or killing of an animal.
According to CBS 6 News, deputies were called to Chilesburg, Virginia after a man reported his hunting dog had been shot and killed.
“The dog, equipped with a GPS tracking collar, was participating in an active hunt when the signal stopped suddenly on the property owned by Adam Beck,” Caroline County Sheriff Tony Lippa said.
Deputies approached the house in question and were denied entry. They discovered evidence on the property which allowed them to get an arrest and search warrant. After they received the warrant Beck was arrested without incident.
Deputies recovered the animal’s body. The dog’s damaged tracking collar was discovered inside Beck’s home. They also seized two AR-15 rifles as evidence.
“This is a reminder to all that it is illegal to remove a dog’s GPS collar and identification tags, and it is a felony to harm or kill a hunting dog,” Lippa said. “On behalf of the CCSO, we offer our sincere condolences to the dog’s owner and family.”
Adam Beck released the following statement defending his actions.
I believe that my actions in this matter were legal, justified, and necessary for our protection.
My family and I have pets and livestock of our own. We routinely return free roaming hunting dogs to their owners when found on our property. Those free roaming dogs who we cannot identify are turned over to animal control. Caroline county should have record of us turning in hunting dogs on at least 2 separate occasions in the past 3 years.
We have had issues with poachers and free roaming dogs for years, and have always handled the matter legally and with the utmost respect for the animals. While we are generally opposed to Virginia’s current trespassing and free roaming exception for hunting dogs and their owners, we would never hold the actions of an animals owner against the animal itself. “Adam Beck
A woman identified as Leigh Beck was also charged with two counts of child endangerment for leaving loaded firearms within a child’s reach. Her relation to Adam is unknown.
Beck was initially arrested on felony animal cruelty charges and bonded out of jail on a $2,500 unsecured bond but was rearrested after being charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor. He now is being held without bond