Dog Attacked by Neighbor in Boone County

BANDYTOWN, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A walk through the neighborhood turned into a bloody mess when a boy’s dog was attacked by a neighbor Saturday night.

The dog did survive and was able to come home from the animal hospital Monday.

Now, the man accused of hurting it is also coming home -- from jail.

The 9-month-old dog goes by the name Joker, but what happened to him is no laughing matter.

“To hold an animal down, to lasso it and cut its throat in front of a child; what kind of people do that?” Wesley Boggs, the dog’s owner, said.

Boggs says his 13-year-old son, Cole Boggs, was taking Joker for a walk around the neighborhood when their neighbor, James Plogger, used a rope to pull the dog over the fence and then slit his throat.

“He had blood all over him,” Erica Cook, a neighbor, said. “He was crying.”

Cook helped get Joker to the animal hospital where the veterinarian told them he barely survived.

In the meantime, Plogger was arrested and charged with animal cruelty. He declined to comment from jail. Boggs says Plogger's wife was there during the whole thing, so WSAZ stopped by to see if she wished to comment, but there was no answer. And answers are exactly what Joker's family is looking for.

“He's a pup, and he never did nothing to justify this,” Boggs said.

“I won't speak to them. I won't even be able to stand to look at them,” Cook said.

Joker is scheduled to go back to the vet in two days, but they're not expecting a full recovery for quite some time.

As for Plogger, he was still in jail Monday afternoon, but officials at the jail say he's expected to go home Monday evening.

Boggs says he is planning to hire an attorney.

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