Thursday, June 13

Landlord Facing Felony Charges for Shooting Dog

ASHEBORO N.C. – A landlord is facing a felony charge of cruelty to animals after he shot a dog late last week, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

On January 19th, 2024, the deputies with the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office responded to Whitt Hunt Rd., in Pleasant Garden, for a call about shots being fired.

While enroute, Randolph County 9-1-1 advised that the caller reported that a dog had been shot by their landlord John David Whitt, said the Sheriff’s Office in a press release.

Upon arrival, the Deputy observed the dog, which was still alive, lying in a driveway. Randolph County Animal Services responded to assist in the investigation. However, on January 20, 2024, Animal Services advised that the dog had succumbed to its injuries and that their investigation was complete.

John David Whitt

Deputies were unable to locate Whitt for further investigation the day of the shooting, so they sought charges against Whitt. The magistrate found probable cause and issued a warrant for arrest for felony cruelty to animals against Whitt.

On January 24, 2024, Whitt was arrested and transported to the Randolph County Detention Center where he was served the warrant. He was issued a $15,000 secured bond and a first appearance was set for January 25, 2024, in Randolph County District Court.