- North Carolina, USA -
The Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office announced the arrest of 50-years-old DAVID LEE SUTTON (pictured).
According to the sheriff’s office, on January 24, 2024, deputies from the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office Animal Services Division were dispatched to 1400 E. Twenty-Third Street in Winston-Salem following a report of an injured dog. Upon arrival, they found a dog who was bleeding profusely from his/her mouth.
SUTTON, the Voiceless Victim’s guardian, “admitted to physically assaulting the animal” and “claimed to have shot the dog in response to an alleged biting incident”, stated the press release obtained by Voice For Us.
Deputies determined that given the severity of the dog’s injuries, “immediate euthanasia was necessary.”
A necropsy was performed on the Voiceless Victim and results showed that he/she sustained “a gunshot wound to the mouth.”
As a results of the necropsy report, the sheriff’s office obtained a search warrant which was executed on January 29, 2024. The search led to the recovery of two (2) firearms.
SUTTON was arrested and faces one felony count of animal cruelty and two counts of Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon.
According to the media release, SUTTON “has been remanded to the Forsyth County Detention Center, where no bond has been allowed.”
Forsyth County Sheriff Bobby F. Kimbrough Jr. said in a statement: “We must never forget our pets are a part of our community and we will always treat them as such. Those that violate them, will be charged accordingly. We must never forget how we treat our pets as a community is a reflection of our community. The FCSO has a zero-tolerance stance on animal cruelty.”
I emailed the sheriff’s office to inquire about the Voiceless Victim and I was told he/she was a Pitbull mix and I should hear back from the PIO with additional information.
Meanwhile, I took the liberty of naming the furvictim Bijoux for the tribute image. Should his/her given name be made public, I will rectify it accordingly.
Disclaimer: This story is sourced from the official press release provided to Voice For Us by the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office.
SUTTON’s mugshot via Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office
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