Columbus County man accused of beating dog with hammer

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Submitted: Sat, 05/25/2013 - 3:44am
Updated: Sun, 05/26/2013 - 12:25pm

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Investigators in Columbus County have charged a man after they say he beat his dog in the head with a hammer.

Investigators say Ronnie Tyler, 53, beat his American Stafford Terrier with a hammer, May 5. Neighbors say they saw Tyler take the year-old pup into the woods and come back without her. A day later neighbors saw the dog walking out of the woods, and called animal control.

The Columbus County Sheriff’s Office charged Tyler with felony animal cruelty. While Tyler posted bail and waits for his next court date; his dog is recovering at a foster home in Wilmington.

The dog is healing at the home of Columbus Humane Society member, Jennifer. Jennifer did not want to give her last name for safety reasons.

“He walked into the woods with a hammer in one hand and the dog’s leash in the other, dragged the dog into the woods. When he came out three minutes later, he only had the hammer,” Jennifer said.

They say after treating her wounds with anti-bacterial spray, the dog’s head turned purple which earned her the nickname Violet.

“I said, ‘what was her name anyway?’ He said Karma,” Jennifer explained.

Although Violet’s karma has been troubled, her wounds are healing.

The Columbus Humane Society says Tyler has another dog, which the society is trying to get custody of. They believe that dog is a Rottweiler.

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31 Comments on "Columbus County man accused of beating dog with hammer"

Carol Chase
2015 years 8 months ago

I was asking the same question about the neighbors!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Guest Mara
2015 years 8 months ago

What kind of people leave the dog in the woods, to suffer until she walks out of the woods the next day? I would have been on the phone with the police and/or animal control when I saw Ronnie Tyler drag the dog into the woods with a hammer in his hand!

2015 years 8 months ago

There is a special place in Hell reserved just for you.

2015 years 8 months ago

That is so sick and sad. How can someone do that to a innocent animal. Some people just make me sick how they treat animals their suppose to be man’s best friend not to be abused.

Carol J. Gorman
2015 years 8 months ago

This article isn”t about you or your lack of religion. It is about a horribly injured dog. I don’t detect one ounce of
compassion in your voice for the dog. Just an ignorant play on words when you say “Thank God I am an atheist!”