A south Cobb man is accused of mutilating two 6-week-old puppies that he was asked to keep at his house for a neighbor.
Robert Williams Davis, 38, was arrested just before midnight on Saturday and charged with two counts of aggravated cruelty to animals and three counts of tampering with evidence.
According to the warrant, Davis is accused of cutting the head off of one 6-week-old black and white pit bull puppy with a single scissor blade late Saturday night.
“The puppy’s neck was completely severed with the head attached to the body by a single piece of skin,” the warrant states. “The puppy’s body did not appear to contain blood, suggesting the puppy’s head was severed while the puppy was still alive.”
The puppy was cut in what appeared to be a “sawing” type motion, according to the warrant.
Davis is also accused of stabbing a second dog, a 6-week-old tan and white pit bull, with the same pair of scissors in the throat.
“The puppy’s wound was large and deep,” the warrant states, adding that this action might have also been done when the dog was still alive.
Davis reportedly buried the dogs and the scissor blade in shallow graves in the backyard of his home in the 1100 block of Mable Street in Mableton.
Sgt. Dana Pierce with Cobb Police said the report did not say why Davis killed the dogs but it did mention that one of the dogs could have had parvo, which is a contagious virus mainly affecting dogs.
Pierce also said that Davis was supposed to be taking care of the dogs after they were given to a 14-year-old neighbor who wasn’t allowed to keep dogs at his house.
“(The teenager) went down to check on the puppies earlier (on Saturday) and (Davis) told them that one of the puppies had died and that he had buried it,” Pierce said.
Sometime later that same day, Davis was in the car with the teenager and another man and admitted to killing one of the puppies.
Shortly after they returned home, Davis showed (a witness) and three other juveniles the buried puppies,” Pierce said.
“(Davis) dug (one of the puppies) up from its grave and showed them the body,” the warrant states.
The man called police to report the alleged crime, and the warrant states that Davis moved one of the puppies by throwing it over his backyard fence and into the “thick vegetation” in an attempt to conceal it.
Davis was arrested at his home and remains in the Cobb County Jail on a $250,000 bond.
If convicted on these charges, Davis faces between one and five years in prison and up to $15,000 for each cruelty charge, in addition to one to three years in jail on the tampering with evidence charges.