Corsicana Police have arrested a Purdon man in connection with an animal cruelty investigation launched after a dog was shot and killed at The Arbors apartment complex Tuesday night.

Corsicana Police Chief Randy Bratton identified the suspect as Drew Walter, 23. He was booked into the Navarro County Jail Friday afternoon on a charge of animal cruelty, a state jail felony.

Walter was arraigned Saturday by Navarro County Justice of the Peace Vicki Gray. Gray set a bond of $5,000 on Walter. A jail official said Walter posted bond Saturday. 

Police were called to The Arbors apartment complex on North 45th Street about 9:30 p.m. Tuesday night after callers to 9-1-1 reported hearing gunfire.

Bratton said the gunfire was the result of a dog being shot and killed by Walter, who was visiting the complex.

Bratton said investigators were told the dog had soiled a carpet inside an apartment Walter was visiting. The dog’s reaction to being punished for the act is apparently what prompted the shooting, Bratton said.

“He took the dog into the yard area, and in his words was ‘spanking’ the dog to punish it for making the mess,” Bratton said, when the dog bit Walter.

Walter is alleged to have shot and killed the dog with a handgun he retrieved from his truck. The dog belonged to Walter.

Walter was issued a citation Tuesday for illegally discharging a weapon in the city limits.

Corsicana Police launched an animal cruelty investigation Wednesday after reviewing the report.


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