Man charged with killing dog at Soddy-Daisy home Tuesday

Jonathan Ray Keylon is charged with aggravated animal cruelty. (Images: Hamilton Co. Jail/MGN)

Hamilton County authorities are charging a man with aggravated cruelty after they say he shot and killed a woman's dog on her property.

Police say the incident happened late Tuesday night at a home on the 1600 block of Partridge Lane in Soddy-Daisy.

An affidavit obtained by NewsChannel 9 says an officer was called to the home shortly after 11 p.m., responding to a "disorder with a weapon" call.

The responding officer found the home's resident hiding in the bushes outside.

She told the officer that 27-year-old Jonathan Ray Keylon was inside her home, armed with a knife. She said he had told her he killed her dog. The affidavit says she was shaking as she said this, and said she had not given Keylon permission to go inside her home - that he was inside her house when she returned home.

The officer went inside and found Keylon. The affidavit says he had a blanket over his head and his hands up while sitting in the dark.

He told the officer that he had killed the dog by accident while sighting in the scope of a pellet rifle, and that he had shot the dog in the wooded area behind the residence, but was unable to say exactly where that happened.

The woman told the officer she didn't want to press charges. The officer gave Keylon a ride to the Soddy-Daisy Walmart because he said he didn't have a way to leave. During that ride, the officer was notified that the woman changed her mind and did in fact want to press charges against Keylon.

Another deputy still on the scene told the officer driving Keylon that he had found a large amount of blood behind a shed that was consistent with a dog being shot.

At that point, the affidavit says Keylon confessed to the officer that he had shot the animal inside the shed and took its corpse to the woods.

Keylon was then charged with aggravated animal cruelty and taken to the Hamilton County Jail.

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