Columbus courts: Man accused of killing puppy indicted

A man accused of bashing his child’s puppy to death was indicted Tuesday by a Muscogee County grand jury.

Devon Scott Bell, 22, was indicted on charges of aggravated cruelty to animals, obstruction of an officer and terroristic threats, court records state.

Authorities say Bell had argued with his child’s mother at a Winifred Lane home on Oct. 17. During the argument, he allegedly grabbed the dog by its hind legs and bashed it against the pavement three times.

“It was a very small puppy, and he picked it up and slammed it,” said Assistant District Attorney Brad Bickerstaff. “It was only about 6 weeks old.”

Investigators said multiple witnesses told them that during the altercation that Bell “stood in the street cursing and using profanities as he killed the dog,” and he “threatened to kill all other animals in the yard.”

Bell ran from officers, who arrested him about an hour later at Blueridge Drive and Blueridge Court.

If convicted of aggravated cruelty to animals, Bell would face one to five years in prison, a fine up to $15,000 or both.