WAYNESBORO - A former Waynesboro man has pleaded guilty to cruelty to animals for beating a dog and ordering his former girlfriend to discard the animal in a garbage bin.
Dallas Davis, 36, whose address was listed as Franklin County Prison, will be sentenced March 2 in Franklin County Court, according to court records.
Waynesboro police said Davis beat a 10-month-old, 19-pound white mixed shepherd named Baby Girl that was found alive Jan. 11 in a dumpster at Landis Gardner on East Sixth Street.
The dog later died of its injuries.
His former girlfriend, Sharon Black, also has been charged with cruelty to animals in connection with the case. She has been scheduled for the March 14 trial term, according to court records.
Police said between Dec. 1, 2003, and Jan. 11, 2004, Davis took the dog into the back yard at 807 W. Main St., where he was living with Black at the time.
Police said he hit the dog and threw it to the ground several times.
Davis also fractured the dog's front legs when he struck them with a wooden walking cane, according to the affidavit of probable cause filed in District Justice Larry Pentz's office.
Police allege Davis kept the dog inside the home on West Main Street for several days after he beat it and gave the dog medicine prescribed to Black. Davis also used a ruler and duct tape to create makeshift splints for the dog's legs, according to the affidavit.
When the dog's condition failed to improve, Dallas allegedly told Black and her son they should shoot the dog and get rid of it.
Black confronted Davis about the dog several days later, at which time he said he'd killed the dog because he was tired of caring for it, and it had tried to bite him, according to the affidavit.
Police allege Davis then threatened Black that if she didn't dispose of the dog, "his people" would hurt her and her son. Police allege Davis said they also would burn down the house with Black and her son inside.
Davis then allegedly handed Black the dog in a trash bag and, believing it was dead, she threw it in a dumpster at Landis Gardner where she worked, police said.
A security guard making rounds Jan. 11 found the dog still alive in the dumpster. Workers at the Antietam Humane Society, who helped rescue the dog along with police, named her Hope.
Despite attempts to repair the fractures of Hope's front legs, the dog died following surgery.