By Beth Sawicki
From: 11 Alive
WOODSTOCK, Ga. — The Cherokee County Marshal’s Office arrested a teenager for killing a Chihuahua and throwing it into a lake.
The dog, Hershey, suffered head trauma, missing teeth, a broken leg and a broken ankle, according to a necropsy performed at the University of Georgia.
Hershey’s owner, 18-year-old Precious Phillips of Woodstock, told police she believed her boyfriend, 19-year-old Juan Furlan of Holly Springs, killed the dog in February. Phillips said the suspect’s mother told her Furlan beat Hershey and threw the dog into the lake in the Harmony on the Lakes subdivision.
Furlan was arrested on Mar. 5 and charged with theft and abandoning a dead animal. He bonded out of jail, but was arrested again on Mar. 21 on a charge of aggravated animal cruelty after the necropsy report was released.
“I am proud of our officers for handling this case professionally and swiftly,” Cherokee County Chief Marshal Chris Collett said in a statement. “Animal abuse is a serious issue and we will continue to work diligently addressing this issue.”
Furlan has since been released from the Cherokee County Adult Detention Center on $11,200 bond.
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