Elberta Man Arrested for Shooting Puppies with Shotgun at Point-Blank Range

ELBERTA, AL (WKRG) -- Deputies have arrested an Elberta man accused of shooting two young puppies with a shotgun at point-blank range.

Billy Wayne Prater, 55, is charged with two counts of aggravated cruelty to animals for the incident at his home in June.

According to a press release from the Baldwin County Sheriff's Office, Prater was filmed by his common law wife walking into a dog pen and shooting a Blue Healer puppy and German Sheppard puppy with a shotgun.


Captain Steve Arthur watched the video and describes what he saw.  "It shows Mr. Prater walk to a dog pen and it's in his yard. He walks off a porch into his yard and enters the dog pen. There are two puppies, a blue healer and a german shepherd and they seem to be very excited to see their owner like puppies are and the blue healer ran into a like a dog house inside the pen. Mr. Prater knocks the house over and the blue healer won't come out and he kicks the house several times and the dog runs out at which time he shoots him immediately at point blank range, two feet away. He turns the shotgun over to the corner of the pen where the german shepherd is at and the puppy is kind of cowered in the corner and he shoots the german shepherd puppy.  He shoots both of these puppies within two or three feet of the mussel blast with a shotgun."

In the video, Prater is seen loading the puppies into a front end loader and presumably burying them off-property.

The incident was brought to the attention of Baldwin officials in August, and the investigation was concluded with felony warrants being obtained for Prater, according to the Sheriff's Office.

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