Two Canton men were arrested by Georgia Department of Natural Resources law enforcement officers in the area of Cowart Road in Dawson County this weekend on charges of aggravated cruelty to animals.
Aaron Matthew Cook, 36, was arrested Oct. 29 at 5:40 a.m. and charged with one count of aggravated cruelty to animals, a felony charge.
According to Sheriff Jeff Johnson, Cook is accused of deliberately and maliciously causing the death of two coonhounds by shooting them. The warrant accuses Cook of becoming irritated at them for allegedly chasing deer.
Cook was later released from the detention center on a $3,700 bond.
In connection with the same case, Timothy Earl Chattin, 56, was arrested the same day by DNR officers on the felony charge of party to a crime. According to Johnson, Chattin is accused of intentionally aiding another person in the commission of the crime of cruelty to animals.
Chattin was also released from the detention center on a $3,700 bond.
According to DNR officials, as of Monday the incident report had not yet been completed and more details were not expected for at least a week.