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Jackson County man accused of shooting neighbor's dogs

Gilliam Carden (Source: Jackson County Sheriff's Office) Gilliam Carden (Source: Jackson County Sheriff's Office)
Rocko (Source: WAFF) Rocko (Source: WAFF)

A Jackson County man is facing multiple animal cruelty charges after allegedly shooting two of his neighbor's dogs.

In the first incident, the dog died. This second dog recovered, but his injuries were very severe.

Gilliam Carden, 28, of Hollytree was arrested early Tuesday on a warrant stemming from the incident on Memorial Day. Tonya Swafford's puppy Rocko was shot in the back with a shotgun while playing with two other dogs in the road.

Swafford said it cost $3,000 just for the first night's veterinarian bill.

Rocko is making great strides since the shooting, but Swafford says he doesn't trust like he used to.

Rocko is the puppy to Swafford's first dog that was shot last November. The first dog was allegedly shot for defecating in Carden's yard. That dog died, and Swafford had to hand-feed and raise several puppies from the dog's new litter because they were too young to be without their mother.

“Back when he shot this baby's momma, he also told me to throw these puppies in the garbage and be done with them. So I feel like that was a vengeance shoot," Swafford said.

Carden has yet to go to trial for the first case, but a Nov. 4 court date has been set.

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