Man arrested for cruelty to animals

Police BeatHenderson County Sheriff’s Office press release

On Dec. 23, 2015 at approximately 4:55 p.m. the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office received a call in reference to a disturbance at a residence on Snapper Lane in the Bonita Point subdivision of Henderson County. Henderson County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Sgt. Thomas Goodell and Deputy Dustin Smith arrived at the residence to investigate the disturbance.

During the investigation it was reported that a man at the residence had attacked and injured a Chihuahua. The owner of the dog was no longer at the residence. Henderson County Sheriff’s Office Animal Control Deputy John Haverly was contacted to assist with the investigation. Deputy Smith transported the injured dog to the Athens Animal Clinic for treatment. It was also determined during the investigation the dog had also bitten a subject. The Sheriff’s Office was advised the male subject that attacked and injured the dog had left the residence prior to their arrival.

Deputy Haverly identified the male who injured the animal as Cody Bednar. On Jan. 6, 2016 Deputy Haverly prepared an affidavit for an arrest warrant and presented the affidavit to Pct. 1 Justice of the Peace Randy Daniel, who issued an arrest warrant for Bednar for the offense of Cruelty to Non-Livestock Animals, which is a State Jail Felony.

Henderson County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Kyle Pochobradsky arrested Bednar on Jan. 7 and transported him to the Henderson County Jail.

On Jan. 8 Bednar was arraigned by Judge Daniel and set his bail at $4,500. Bednar posted bond and has been released from custody.

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