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Williston man arrested in animal cruelty

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Three stories were told, and together, led to the arrest of a Williston man on animal cruelty charges.
Wayne Smith, 63, of N.E. 154th Avenue, was arrested May 27 after a neighbor made a call to the sheriff’s office.
According to the arrest report, Deputy Clint Anderson, the K-9 deputy, contacted the alleged victim, who told him she did not see her dog when she looked out the window. The dog was on a chain in the backyard, she said, and was now missing.
She told the deputy she heard dogs barking and gunshots. The alleged victim said she drove to where she heard the gunshots and saw Smith dragging her pit bull across the road. She told the deputy Smith told her it was because the dog jumped his five-foot fence and attempted to kill his animals.
During the investigation, Anderson interviewed Smith, who said he heard a dog bark and saw a pit bull dog jump his fence and then attempt to breed with his dog. 
Smith said he grabbed his .22 caliber rifle and shot the dog.


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