published Saturday, September 26th, 2009

Stray dog shot with bow and arrow euthanized

A man was charged with aggravated animal cruelty after shooting a stray part German shepherd with a bow and arrow outside his office on Manufacturers Road, officials said.

"This is good because it makes it visible to the public that when we catch you, you will be prosecuted," said Karen Walsh, executive director of McKamey Animal Care and Adoption Center.

The abandoned dog was shot through the nose by Roger Beason, of Whitwell, Tenn., on Friday afternoon after he spotted the dog underneath his truck, said Diana Burroughs, a McKamey Animal Care and Adoption Center officer.

McKamey officers were able to catch the dog and take him to the hospital, but his injuries were too severe to be saved, Ms. Burroughs said.

The dog had to be euthanized Friday evening because the arrow was buried too deep, she said. It went through the top of his nose and through his esophagus.

"He wasn't a threat to anybody, he was your average white dog," she said.

Mr. Beason admitted shooting the dog to the McKamey officers after a Chattanooga Police Department officer located him and held him for questioning, Ms. Burroughs said.

"He did admit to walking up to the dog and the dog was standing still," she said. "That's when he shot him."

He told officers he walked out of his office and saw the dog lying underneath his truck, Ms. Burroughs said. The dog growled at him but then walked away.

In response to having a bad day, Mr. Beason told the officers he got his bow and arrow out of his truck and shot the dog, she said. He was then taken into custody, she said.

This incident had no connection to the cat who was shot by an arrow in August, she said.

Ms. Burroughs said the shelter had picked up several stray dogs in the area in the last week, and this dog was the last one.

"He was a sweet boy," she said. "He was just scared, he wasn't a threat to anybody."

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Kallison said...

It was a female shepherd cross, black and brown, with some gray...not a white male. The arrow went from the nose, into the throat and the tip was lodged near the spine. Pretty awful. We all did a happy dance with the officer from McKamey said that the police had found the shooter. BTW, this dog, as painful as she was, never even growled at us.

September 26, 2009 at 12:18 p.m.
catlady525 said...

I don't care what kind of bad day this man was having, it doesn't justify doing what he did. Poor dog, as if it hadn't had a rough life anyway and to have to leave this world knowing such cruelty. I don't know what the punishment is for animal cruelty, but I can promise you it won't be enough punishment for this man. The only punishment good enough for this Mr. Benson would be what this dog had to endure, and I don't think I could be kind enough to put the Mr. Benson out of his misery, I'd let him suffer. I guess he feels like a big bad hunter now, able to shoot a poor defenseless dog at close range. I'm sure your family is very proud. My heart does go out to all the strays out there who are placed at the hands of cold heartless people such as this. Mr. Benson, may you suffer the rest of your days for what you did.

September 26, 2009 at 4:16 p.m.
dogjustice said...

I hope this is a felony charge and he will end up in criminal court. He had a charge of rape in 1995 - don't know whether he was convicted but it is in the Hamilton county online records. People like this need to be locked up forever. I hope he lost his job.

September 26, 2009 at 5:12 p.m.
dogjustice said...

It is actually a CLASS E felony but it is up to the prosecutor to prosecute it as such and make sure it goes on up to criminal court. Please email or write the District Attorney:

Mr. Bill Cox, District Attorney General 600 Market Street, Ste 310 Chattanooga, TN 37402

September 26, 2009 at 5:53 p.m.
fig2g1 said...

the dog was aggresive at times. it even growled and snapped at me. it tried to attack an elderly woman at our job also. the only reason it didnt is because someone else ran the dog off. MANY phone calls were placed to mckamey to come and get this dog. i think all they did was come out one time over the course of a few weeks. just dont pass judgement on him untill you know the whole story. would you have felt sorry for the dog if it did attack that eldery woman??? i didnt think so.

September 26, 2009 at 9:49 p.m.
ParkRanger said...

I am a Park Ranger and was on duty at the riverfront when this call came out over the police radio. Myself and another Park ranger assisted the Chattanooga Police and the McKamey Animal Officer in the search for this wounded animal. We located the dog around the 500 block of River St. and what I saw was traumatizing. The look in that dogs eyes before it was taken to the emergency vet haunted me the rest of the day. No animal deserves to die in such a slow and painful way. The suspect, Roger Beason, was completely out of line. There were no children or old ladies at risk or being attacked by this animal just a grown man dealing out a gruesome punishment to a dog that was little more than a nuisance. This is not just a crime against animals but animal lovers as well. No animal deserves to die in such a horrible fashion.

September 27, 2009 at 12:40 a.m.
dogjustice said...

If you search the criminal history of the man who did this you will see that he was convicted of a violent crime in 1995. I would be careful who you jump to defend, fig2g1 - unless you are the perpetrator.

September 27, 2009 at 2:24 p.m.
fig2g1 said...

im not trying to say he was right or wrong, all im trying to say is just dont jump to conclusions until you have heard both sides of the story. i just read the article and it dosent not tell the whole story. it tells alot of facts but not all of them. if i was the perp, i would not have let someone else take the fall for what i did. and furthermore, i commend roger for confessing to what he did. he did not try to lie to get out of it. alot of people would have lied about it.

September 27, 2009 at 3:11 p.m.
dogjustice said...

Why would it be necessary to shoot the dog with an arrow in the face? Does that not seem incredibly cruel and vicious to you? Even a bow hunter aiming to kill does not aim for the face of an animal- that was a deliberate sadistic act borne out of a sick disregard for this poor animal's life. There are no conclusions to "jump to" - the facts speak for themselves.

September 27, 2009 at 5:09 p.m.
catlady525 said...

I couldn't agree with you more dogjustice and ParkRanger. There is absolutely NO excuse for treating an animal such as this. And the fact that Mr. Benson did not lie, in my opinion, does not make him a more admirable person. He's scum! Hope someone does the same thing to him!

September 27, 2009 at 8:37 p.m.
CainOxmore said...

I won't defend Roger's actions. He was wrong to shoot the animal. However if McKamey had done their job the first time we called them this entire situation could have been avoided. The dog has been aggressive to several people on the property. We have been calling McKamey multiple times per week for over a month asking them to get this dog. They would not return phone calls, they would not show up when they said they would and when they did show up they would not put in any effort to finding and catching the animal. They did put out a trap to catch the dog (after two weeks of ignoring us), but the dog would not take the trap. We informed them of as much and again we were ignored.

September 28, 2009 at 11:24 a.m.
KB1234 said...

You guys can sit and talk about this all day but you don't know the truth!!! Mr.Beason did kill the dog but the dog has tried many times to hurt people around that area,I would not let this dog jump on me. He has never raped anyone!!!!!!!! Get over it!

September 28, 2009 at 11:21 p.m.
Tiffo said...

fig2g1 --- I find it very difficult to believe that MANY calls were placed to McKamey and they did nothing. They were there within an hour of the phone call. I saw the dog and it was absolutely horrible. Shooting anything in the face with an arrow is inhumane, bottom line.

September 29, 2009 at 5:24 p.m.
dogjustice said...

Look up the Hamilton county records for yourself. They are online. The charge was rape; the conviction was assault.

September 29, 2009 at 7:48 p.m.
ronda said...

I think Mr. Beason wanted this dog to suffer why else would he shoot her in the face.I have been there many times and this dog would just look at me, never did she ran after me or keep me from getting out of my car. She would look to make sure I wasnt coming to her, but never did I have any problems. I do know McMamey did come out( more than one time) she would hide from them I guess, its not their fought. They never asked Mr. Beason to do what he did, he took the matter into his own hands. I know what the Hamilton County online said about him, its bad and a long time ago. I hope he doesnt get out of what happened on Friday, September 26, 2009. This dog does need justice and I plan on show up for court.

September 30, 2009 at 1:59 a.m.
dmk37363 said...

A sadistic and inhuman act! I would hope that this will be investigated and prosecuted to the full extent of the law to stop others from acting in this manor.

September 30, 2009 at 12:06 p.m.
ladykat2015 said...

First and foremost, it is not the fault of McMamey that this dog was shot with a bow and arrow. Secondly, if this dog was so aggressive as some claim, I would imagine that the police would have been notified and perhaps pressure could have been exerted that way on McMamey to come out.

Shooting a dog with a bow and arrow is something only a moron would do. This man obviously has no compassion for animals. Stray dogs can be violent when cornered or scared so I'm sure the dog did growl; however, I refuse to believe that someone with ANY amount of intelligence couldn't have found a better way to deal with this situation.

September 30, 2009 at 6:25 p.m.
123howdy said...

I know what rodger did was very wrong . But at the very least he did admit his part of it unlike others. But lets get real if you are concerned about an animals well being lets be concerned when its starving and homeless not wait untill something like this happens and try to look like the hero. One day of trying does not make them the hero either.

September 30, 2009 at 6:38 p.m.
KB1234 said...

There was no rape charge!!!!! Any stupid person can say that a rape happend but has to prove it AND they never did because it was bull!!!!! He was never found guilty of this!!!!You people need to find a job or something better to do.....

October 1, 2009 at 1:46 p.m.
mistylu said...

I'll tell everyone right now, I do not trust stray dogs. They can turn in an instant, and I have experience. I would have shot the dog, too. It was an act of fight or flight. I have 2 dogs myself that I love dearly. If you animal activists care so much then start volunteering to take these diseased animals off the streets, and help free up animal control or do a petition to the city to hire more people. Check the call & report records on this dog, maybe there is a video. He is still a husband and father quit looking for someone to blame because your too selfish to step up and help make a change. It is the elected officials and the city's fault for not taking care of it in the first place.

November 8, 2009 at 12:34 a.m.
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