Bono man arrested after threatening 2, killing puppy

Bono man arrested after threatening 2, killing puppy

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A Bono man faces multiple felony charges after deputies say he threatened two people with a knife and fatally wounded a puppy.

Just before 3 p.m. Monday, Craighead County sheriff's deputies responded to a residential burglary on County Road 706.

The two male victims said they had all been drinking with 37-year-old Shane Smith when he suddenly "threatened them with a knife and chased them with a board," the initial incident report stated.

The victims said Smith also kicked in the front door of a house and broke out a rear window.

While investigating, one deputy reportedly found where Smith had attempted to set fire to the corner of the home.

Deputies also found a small Labrador retriever puppy, approximately 6 weeks old, "lying lifeless on the ground."

According to the report, the puppy appeared to have a "collapsed lung and a knife puncture wound" to its side.

A deputy took the puppy to a local veterinarian who stated the animal "had at least one broken leg and a broken hip."

The vet also told the deputy the "puppy was not breathing well and she did not know if he would survive or not."

Deputies arrested Smith and took him to the Craighead County Detention Center, where he faces several charges including aggravated cruelty to a dog.

"There were about three or four different injuries to this animal, what we believe to be possibly ranging from suffocation to stab wounds on the animal," Justin Rolland with the Craighead County Sheriff's Department said.

Shortly after 8 a.m. Tuesday, the veterinarian called investigators to report the puppy had died.

Upon further investigation and interviews, deputies found Smith was not threatening to kill the two men, but rather was looking to harm himself or have someone harm him.

Smith told the arresting deputy several times to kill him, and said if the deputy didn't comply he would find the deputy's family "then torture and kill" them.

When they arrived at the CCDC, the deputy said Smith continued to scream and curse.

Smith is facing the following charges:

  • Aggravated cruelty to a dog, cat or horse (felony)
  • Terroristic threatening-first degree (felony)
  • Arson (misdemeanor)
  • Assault in the 2nd degree (misdemeanor)
  • Criminal mischief-first degree (misdemeanor)
  • Disorderly conduct (misdemeanor)

A judge set Smith's bond at $7,500 and his next court date is March 31.

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