Bunker Hill, IN - Charlie Vann, 33, of Bunker Hill was arrested on December 28, 2018, on a single charge of Animal Cruelty following the investigation of an incident that took place in October of 2017.
According to a Miami County Sheriff’s Department probable cause affidavit, Deputy Nate Freeman was dispatched to a residence in Bunker Hill on October 8, 2017, at approximately 4:00 a.m. Upon arrival, he spoke with a female subject whose name was redacted from the report by the Miami County Prosecutor’s Office.
The woman reported that she had returned home from a Garth Brooks concert the prior evening at 3:30 a.m. and observed blood stains on the carpet in the front room. The woman had asked her husband where the blood had come from and he stated their son Charlie and told him that he had killed the dog. The husband stated he had not located or seen the dog since he had been home and was not certain whether Charlie was being truthful or not.
The husband reported that he was at home on October 7, 2017, until approximately 5:00 p.m. He said that he had been watching football all day and then had gone to town to get something to eat. When he returned home about 7:00 p.m. he could not locate the dog.
The husband stated he questioned Charlie as to where the dog was at and he stated that Charlie had “issues with the dog in the past because he’s jealous that the dog likes (name redacted) more than he does Charlie.”
The husband stated that Charlie was wearing grey sweatpants, a t-shirt and had a hatchet in his right pocket. He further stated there were blood stains on the hatchet and the sweatpants. The man asked Charlie where the dog was, and he stated that she was gone and that he had killed her. According to the report, he refused to give any additional information after a few minutes of questioning. The man took the hatchet from Charlie and put it in the garage at which point Charlie started laughing, stating that she (the dog) just ran away.
Upon the woman arriving home from the concert, she witnessed blood stains and the husband told her the same version of the event. They went into the bedroom where the dog is usually laying and observed another large amount of blood in the corner next to the bed along with a crease on a lamp stand that appeared to match markings that would be left by a hatchet. The woman then contacted the Sheriff’s Department.
Upon arrival, Deputy Freeman observed the blood stains in the bedroom and the living room just inside the front door as well as on the sidewalk outside the front door of the house.
PPD Officer Jeremy Brindle was on scene to assist and together with Deputy Freeman went to Charlie’s bedroom to detain him for everyone’s safety.
At this point, Deputy Freeman obtained a consent to search from the property owner as well as recorded audio sworn statements. Digital photos and evidence were collected. This included the hatchet and a pair of tennis shoes belonging to Charlie that were also covered in blood.
Charlie was then interviewed and stated he didn’t know where the dog was. He said that he didn’t touch the dog other than he sprayed her with the garden hose because she was covered in mud and took off running south from the residence.
Officer Brindle checked the area but was unable to locate the dog.
On November 1, 2017, Deputy Freeman was contacted by the woman to request a copy of the report that was completed on the incident. Deputy Freeman reported that according to the Prosecutor’s Office, charges could not be pursued unless the body of the dog was recovered.
It was then learned that the dog was alive and had been located by the family. The woman provided a statement from the Miami County Vet Clinic that was dated October 17, 2017, that the dog was located and had been treated for a wound to the top of her head.
Deputy Freeman was also shown photographs that she had taken with her cell phone showing the wound to the top of the dog’s head. The woman stated the dog had been located using an App on her phone in which a community of individuals with lost animals communicate. The woman learned through the App that her dog had been located south of Bunker Hill on US Route 31.
The individual who found the dog had nursed it back to health for approximately a week. They had assumed that the dog had fallen out of a vehicle due to the severity of the injury. They did not suspect foul play.
Charlie Vann, 33, of Bunker Hill was arrested on December 28, 2018, on a Miami County Warrant for a single count of Animal Cruelty.
All criminal suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.