Additional charges have been filed in the killing of a hunting dog in Caroline County, Sheriff Tony Lippa announced Monday.
Lippa said Adam Beck, who was arrested over the weekend on an animal cruelty charge, has also been charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor, two counts of destruction of property, assault, two counts of larceny, and maiming or killing of an animal. Beck was released on a $5,000 unsecured bond on the new charges, Lippa said.
In addition, Lippa said Beck’s wife, Leigh Beck, has been charged with two counts of child endangerment: leaving loaded firearms within a child’s reach.
Lippa said a hunter called the Sheriff’s Office shortly after 5 p.m. Friday to report that his dog had been shot and killed during a hunt in the Chilesburg area of the county. According to Lippa, the man said the signal from the dog’s GPS tracking collar had suddenly stopped on property owned by Beck.
The sheriff said Beck did not respond when deputies first approached the home on the property, so they secured the scene while a lieutenant and sergeant obtained warrants to search the property and arrest Beck on a felony animal cruelty charge.
When the officers returned with the warrants, Beck surrendered without incident, Lippa said. He was booked at the regional jail and released on a $2,500 unsecured bond over the weekend, but was taken into custody again after additional charges were filed.
Lippa said animal control deputies found the dead hunting dog and a damaged tracking collar on the property. Deputies also seized two AR–15 rifles, the sheriff said.