A Cartersville man has been charged with two counts of aggravated cruelty to animals after police found a dead cat and dog that appeared to have been killed by blunt force trauma, according to a Bartow County Sheriff’s Office report.
Police were dispatched to Sheffield Place in Cartersville at 4:25 a.m. Friday and found Dalton Mullins, 25, on the floor of the living room of his apartment in the “fetal position,” according to the report.
He did not appear to be awake, and the living room couch was flipped over and the room appeared to be in disarray.
There was a dead black cat in the living room and a dead Cocker Spaniel puppy on the kitchen floor.
Mullins told police he did not remember killing the animals or why the apartment was in disarray, and he said he had been drinking.
The woman who called in the incident told police she was with him earlier in the night, and said she left Mullins’ apartment at 2:40 a.m. She also said she went to check on him later when he was not answering her calls and she was concerned about him. Once she arrived back at the apartment, she found the dead animals and called 911, according to the report.
No weapons could be found that were obvious weapons used to kill the animals.