Three men are accused by the Hall County Sheriff’s Office of striking a man in the head and shooting his bull mastiff Sunday, authorities said.
Dwayne Motes, 51, and his sons Nicholas, 28, and Matthew, 27, are charged with cruelty to animals, battery, reckless conduct and other charges for an alleged incident on Benson Drive in Gainesville.
Authorities said Dwayne Motes was involved in an argument with the victim Charles Speer, 55, earlier in the evening.
The Motes patriarch then “returned with his sons to assault Speer physically and shot his dog that was locked inside his vehicle,” Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Deputy Nicole Bailes wrote in an email.
Several shots from a .22 caliber rifle were fired into Speer’s vehicle, which struck the dog.
“The dog did not survive the injuries,” Bailes wrote.
Dwayne Motes was charged with public drunkenness, as alcohol is believed to be a factor, Bailes wrote.
Speer was treated at the scene for minor injuries.
Deputies arrested the Motes trio after a traffic stop.