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Man charged with shooting dog in house

Bryan Coffey

WOODSTOCK – A Shenandoah County man remains held in jail on charges that he shot a dog in a house and tossed the carcass on the road.

Bryan Dale Coffey appeared in Shenandoah County General District Court on Friday where he stands charged with shooting a firearm in an occupied building, possession of a weapon by a convicted felon, both felonies, and maiming or killing an animal and leaving a dead animal in public view.

Coffey, 46, of 710 Cedar Creek Road, Star Tannery, remains held without bond at Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail. Woodstock attorney C. Todd Gilbert represents Coffey. Judge Amy Tisinger scheduled Coffey’s next appearance for Aug. 3.

Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Deputy S.A. Jarboe charged Coffey with the firearms offenses after placing him under arrest early Tuesday morning. A criminal complaint with the firearms charges states that Coffey’s ex-wife and current girlfriend told the deputy that the couple’s pit bull “Dixie” bit the man several times after he bumped the dog against the wall. The girlfriend told the deputy that Coffey got a long gun and shot the dog just inside the door of the residence, the complaint states. Coffey is a convicted felon, the deputy notes in the complaint.

Jarboe issued a summons to Coffey to appear in court to answer misdemeanor charges of maliciously shooting, stabbing or wounding a dog with the intent to maim or kill. Jarboe also issued a summons to Coffey to answer to a misdemeanor charge of unlawfully casting a disabled or dead animal into a road, or knowingly permiting a dead animal to remain unburied on the property of the accused when such dead animal would be offensive to the public, or leaving a maimed, disabled or infirmed animal in a street or public place.

Jarboe wrote in a criminal complaint for the court summons on the misdemeanor charges that Coffey “stated to a Warren County animal control officer that he shot his dog and dumped it along side of the road.”

A magistrate notes in a checklist used to determine if Coffey should receive bail that the defendant’s criminal history includes convictions of domestic assault, brandishing a firearm, possession of obscene material depicting a minor, aggravated sexual battery of a child under 13 years old and carnal knowledge of a child aged 13 or 14 years old. The magistrate notes that Coffey was on probation at the time of his arrest on the new charges. The magistrate indicates that a presumption against bond applies in this case.

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