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Dearborn Co. man arrested for cruelty after hitting dog with hammer, prosecutor said

Updated: Jul. 29, 2019 at 7:12 PM EDT
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DEARBORN CO., Ind. (FOX19) - A West Harrison man was arrested for cruelty to an animal after hitting a dog in the head with a hammer, Dearborn County Prosecutor Lynn Deddens said.

Deputies responded last Saturday to Laurel Valley Drive after a 911 caller said they were worried about the dog. A neighbor also told deputies that they saw Joseph Stubbers shoot at the dog with a handgun.

Deddens said deputies found spots of blood, a hose turned on, bleach sitting on top of a trashcan, and a live round in the driveway.

Authorities followed a blood trail to the front of the house and found a large dog on the porch that was licking its front leg. According to Deddens, deputies said the dog had a “mutilated” right eye and wet, fresh blood coming from it.

Deputies located Stubbers who told them the dog attacked him and he had to put it down.

Joseph Stubbers (Dearborn County Sheriff's Department)
Joseph Stubbers (Dearborn County Sheriff's Department)

When told that the dog was still alive, Stubbers said he had grabbed the dog’s collar and the dog “latched” on his arm.

Deputies said they didn’t see any marks on Stubbers’ arm. According to Deddens, Stubbers then told the deputies he took a hammer to threaten the dog and used it to hit the dog in the head.

Stubbers was taken into custody and charged with cruelty to an animal. Authorities say he could be looking at anywhere from six months to 2 1/2 years behind bars.

FOX19 NOW has learned that Stubbers is a medical doctor.

Cooper the dog, a 5-year-old English Mastiff, was rescued by Dearborn County Animal Control and is receiving care from local veterinarians.

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