LARRY GENE HARLESS JR. finally arrested for stabbing his defenseless dog named Smokey to death

- Washington County, Virginia, USA -


On February 7, Sheriff Blake Andis with the Washington County Virginia Sheriff's Office announced that 47-year-old LARRY GENE (BUDDY) HARLESS JR. (pictured below), has finally been charged with one felony count of cruelty to animals in connection with a November 2019 case.


This is how the Sheriff’s Office recounted what happened in their Facebook post:

“On November 18, 2019, a Bluetick breed hunting dog-named “Smokey” was found to have injuries its head and eye that was deemed consistent with stab wounds. The dog was tied upon the property of his owner, on Old Mill Road in the Glade Spring area of Washington County.

The dog was taken to VCA Highlands Animal Hospital in Abingdon for treatment and died that night. The dog was then taken to Virginia Tech where a necropsy was completed.”


Animal Control and Criminal Investigations Division of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office investigated the case.


A hearing date has not been set yet.


HARLESS is currently incarcerated at the Southwest Virginia Regional Jail in Abingdon on other unrelated charges and is held without bond.


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