Man accused of shooting dog enters not guilty plea

Neighbor: Man put down dog because it "went after" one of his kids
Posted at 4:05 PM, Jul 17, 2019

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — A Lexington man accused of shooting his dog appeared in court Wednesday.

Lexington-Fayette Animal Care and Control is filing an animal torture charge against Damien Crump. An arrest citation from animal care and control states that Crump's dog was found suffering from two gunshot wounds in a kennel in his backyard.

Officers were called to the home on June 30.

Neighbor Drew Cercone said that he heard the gunshots next door and then heard an animal screaming. He told LEX 18 that Crump came to his house and apologized, saying that he had to put one of his dogs down because it "went after" one of his children.

The dog survived the injuries and is recovering, according to the Lexington-Fayette Animal Care and Control. Last week, Crump's attorney told LEX 18 that he is confident Crump's name will be cleared.

Crump waived his rights to a formal arraignment and entered a not-guilty plea in Fayette County court. He is due back in court on August 8 at 8:30 a.m.