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Howard Charged With Animal Cruelty, Burglary

Mercer County Indictments

Robert Moore
Herald Staff

TROY HOWARD (Image: Boyle County Detention Center)

A Harrodsburg man has been indicted for shooting a neighbor’s dog back in January.

Jimmy Troy Howard, 45, of 1219 Burgin Road, is charged with shooting his neighbor’s dog with a rifle while it was chained on the front porch of the neighbor’s house on Jan. 21. The dog was killed, according to the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office.

According to the uniform citation, Howard went to the rear of the residence, “where he broke out a rear patio window and unlawfully entered the residence while armed with the rifle.” One of the occupants saw Howard standing in the den, according to the uniform citation.

Leaving the house, Howard walked into some trees in the backyard, where he “held the rifle barrel under his chin and…threatened to kill himself,” according to the uniform citation.

Sheriff Ernie Kelty managed to talk Howard into surrendering peacefully, according to the uniform citation.

Last week, the Mercer Grand Jury indicted Howard on charges of 1st degree burglary, a class B felony, and 2nd degree animal cruelty, a class A misdemeanor.

Bail: $25,000 bond (no contact). Dep. Paul Parks of the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office testified.

The Grand Jury handed up indictments last Wednesday on charges including strangulation, burglary, sexual abuse and drugs.

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