Dog hit and killed by car Kingsville man charged

Witness says driver 'aimed right at it'

July 06, 1996|By Jay Apperson | Jay Apperson,SUN STAFF

Baltimore County police charged a Kingsville man with animal mutilation and malicious destruction last night after hearing from a witness that a small dog run over in White Marsh was deliberately hit by a driver.

A District Court commissioner issued a warrant last night charging Joseph G. Myers Jr., 24, of the 7400 block of Mount Vista Lane in the death of Beasley, an 8-inch-tall terrier that was struck and killed Thursday night near its White Marsh home.

A witness told police that a Jeep Wrangler was speeding through the Amberly of Kings Court neighborhood when it jumped a curb, ran over the dog, then drove off.

"Aimed right at it," said the witness, Thomas Hopkins, recalling the driver's actions. "It just got my goat. It's uncalled for."

Hopkins provided police with the Jeep's license number.

Myers was issued traffic tickets Thursday night charging him with reckless driving, driving off the roadway and failing to notify authorities after hitting a domestic animal, police said.

Last night, the court commissioner issued the warrant for Myers' arrest, charging him with animal mutilation and malicious destruction, Officer Joseph Michaels said. Michaels said he would try to get Myers to come into the White Marsh precinct voluntarily today.

Police said alcohol was not a factor in the incident.

Beasley's owners, who learned of the animal's death when they returned home from a holiday fireworks display in Fullerton, were grieving and angry.

Tina Mayer, 19, said Beasley had been the family pet for about six years.

Her father, a letter carrier, rescued the dog from West Baltimore's streets, she said.

She said her father and Beasley were very close. "You couldn't touch my dad without the dog barking at you," she said.

The person responsible should be charged, Mayer said, adding, "I just can't believe somebody would be so heartless."

The dog was well known in the neighborhood, said Pam Cinbric, a longtime resident of Kings Court.

"This was the tiniest dog you would ever want to see," she said.

Pub Date: 7/06/96

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