Sharkey faces felony cruelty to animals charge

Chad Sharkey, 23, faces one felony count of cruelty to animals after reportedly throwing a dog twice after it urinated on the floor of a residence. No court dates have been scheduled for Sharkey as of Monday morning.

On the evening of June 28, Roland Police Officer Katherine Raney was dispatched to a residence in reference to a man throwing a dog in the air from the front porch. Raney arrived at the residence and asked the reporting party where the dog was, and the man that had thrown it. The witness pointed toward a maroon car. 

In the car the officer found a man sitting in the passenger seat and a dog in the back seat - the dog did not appear to have visible injuries, according to the arrest affidavit. 

The witness told Raney she saw the dog squatting and urinating on the floor. She said she was on the phone at that time with a family member and told the family member “that it was not going to fly with her that their stupid dog was peeing in her house.” 

The witness said when she confronted Sharkey about his dog urinating in the house, he picked it up by the neck and threw it off the porch. She said she yelled at him to stop and he then went across the fence and picked the dog up by the neck again and threw it again. She said Sharkey walked fast toward her car to catch up to her and started cursing her. She said she walked over to the neighbor's house and called authorities.

Sharkey agreed to speak with Raney and tell her what happened with the dog. He said the witness came home from work in a bad mood and started yelling at him, telling him his dog was stupid and it was urinating on the floor.

Sharkey said he picked his dog up, walked outside, stood on the edge of the porch and calmly tossed it into the yard to get it out of the home to end the argument. Sharkey said that the witness came out on the porch and continued to yell about the dog. He said he then picked the dog up and took it to the end of the property where he allegedly tossed it into the grass, hoping once again to defuse the argument. He said he was not mad at his dog and wasn't trying to hurt it.

After speaking to Sharky and the witness, Raney spoke to a second witness who was driving by at the time the incident occurred. The second witness said a man was holding the dog by its neck and threw it overhand about 8 feet from where he was standing and the dog just barked. She said the man that threw the dog started approaching her car and told her it was none of her business. Raney asked if she felt like he had intentions of hurting the dog, and she said yes. 

The dog was taken by animal control and Sharkey was placed under arrest and transported to the Roland City Jail and later transported to the Sequoyah County Detention Center.

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