|Published: 8:35 AM, 10/10/2013
||Last updated: 8:36 AM, 10/10/2013
Author: Nelson Morais
Source: The Newport Plain Talk
COSBY-Creighton N. Lute, 25, of 430 South Highway 32, in
Cosby, was arrested Friday, Oct. 4, and charged with seven counts of cruelty to
animals, seven counts of reckless endangerment, and possession of a prohibited
weapon after he allegedly shot seven hunting dogs that chased a bear cub onto a
residential property owned by Timothy Pitts, the Cocke County Sheriff's
Lute received additional charges this week: three counts of
vandalism under $500, and 10 counts of aggravated cruelty to animals, according
to General Sessions Court.
Members of the Laurel Mountain Bear Hunters said they were
tracking their dogs on a hunt when the dogs chased a bear cub onto the property
of Pitts and jumped the bear in close proximity to his residence, Sheriff
Armando Fontes, Det. Jason Oury, and Sgt. Brian Holt reported.
For more details, please see the Thursday edition of the Newport Plain Talk.
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