Trial set for man accused of killing dog

Beth Sergent

October 15, 2013

POINT PLEASANT — A trial date has been set in the case of a man accused of killing his neighbor’s dog with a pitchfork.

Todd Thompson, age unreported, Point Pleasant, was indicted by the September term of the grand jury for maliciously killing an animal. Thompson has pleaded not guilty to the charge and will go to trial at 9:30 a.m., Feb. 24, 2014, in Mason County Circuit Court.

According to the official criminal complaint filed in Mason County Magistrate Court, back in May, Thompson is accused of getting into argument with his neighbor on Raven Dr. in the Camp Conley area. During the course of the argument, Thompson is accused of throwing a pitchfork at his neighbor’s miniature pinscher dog and impaling it, killing the animal.

The complaint lists three witness accounts of the alleged incident, one in which a witness claims Thompson picked up the pitchfork with the dog still impaled on it and threw the dog off the pitchfork into another person’s yard. The Mason County Sheriff’s Department conducted the investigation in this case.

Maliciously killing an animal is a felony in the State of West Virginia. Again, Thompson has denied the charge and entered a not guilty plea, planning to argue his case at trial. A pretrial hearing has also been scheduled in the matter at 11:45 a.m., Feb. 10, 2014. Thompson is free on bond. The case has been assigned to Judge David W. Nibert.