70-Year-Old Arrested In Sumner County Dog Shooting Case

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70-Year-Old Arrested In Sumner County Dog Shooting Case

CREATED May 28, 2014
HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn. – A 70-year-old Hendersonville man has been arrested and charged in connection with the shooting of two family dogs over the weekend. One dog died and another was injured.

Officials with the Hendersonville Police Department said they arrested Paul S. Corley. He was charged with two counts of animal cruelty.

The arrest came after three dogs got out of their yards Saturday when a landscaper arrived to cut the family's grass.

Harold Stubbs posted on Facebook that his two dogs, Cooper and Blakely, had been shot on Inlet Drive Saturday.

"[Cooper] was just lying on the ground was breathing really heavily. We got to them as fast as possible, was covered in blood," Stubbs' daughter Sara Stubbs said Tuesday. "What type of person would do that?"

Cooper died from his injuries, while Blakely was said to be in serious condition with the bullet still lodged inside.

"You think one dog has been shot, but then to find out that, you know, your other dog has been shot as well. Again, all those emotions come back up, but thankfully we hope she's going to be ok," Sara Stubbs said.

The family had offered a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest. Police did not say what led to Corley's arrest. 

Corley was scheduled to appear in General Sessions Court on June 11.