WHEELING - Police arrested Anthony Doyle Sunday night after he allegedly beat a small dog to death at a Wheeling Island residence and dumped its body in nearby weeds.
Ohio County Magistrate Charles Murphy on Monday arraigned Doyle, 27, of Wheeling on a felony charge of animal cruelty. As of late Monday, Doyle remained in the Northern Regional Jail in Moundsville in lieu of $25,000 cash bond.
According to a police report, officers went to the Island Grill parking lot around 9:30 p.m. Sunday to meet a woman who said she earlier witnessed Doyle beat the dog to death. The woman told police she heard a dog crying earlier that evening before she saw Doyle beating the animal on the back porch of a South Wabash Street residence.
About one hour later, the woman heard the dog crying again. She then saw Doyle "dive on the dog and punch it until it went limp," the police report states. Doyle then dumped the dog's body in a weeded area near the house, the witness told police.
Officers traveled to the scene of the alleged crime and found the deceased dog where the witness said Doyle had abandoned it. Animal control removed the dog from the scene.
The dog's owner arrived at the scene after her downstairs neighbors called her to advise they had heard loud banging coming from her apartment.
She told officers she owned an 18-month-old Shih Tzu. After entering her home with police, the dog's owner "went hysterical, because the house had blood spatter throughout the apartment," the report states.
Officers found Doyle inside the apartment. His clothes were covered in blood, and he appeared to be intoxicated, police said. He reportedly denied any knowledge of how the dog had died.
The witness reportedly identified Doyle to officers as the man she had seen beating the dog. Police said Doyle had been staying at the home as a guest.
Doyle requested an attorney be appointed to represent to him, but one had not yet been assigned on Monday.
A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Aug. 15 before Ohio County Magistrate Patricia Murphy.