LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A Louisville man was arrested over the weekend for allegedly killing his mother's dog with a crossbow.
Michael Childress, 43, was arrested on felony charges on the 10000 block of Barricks Road.
Officers said they found the body of a small dog with considerable blood.
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"It is really disturbing that somebody would do that to an animal," Adam Hamilton, who has been with Animal Services for 12 years, said.
As Hamilton read over LMPD's arrest report he cringed. The document detailed Childress admitting to "throwing the dead dog at his mother." It also described Childress in the backyard of his mother's home, holding a compound cross bow stating he was "going hunting" before killing the dog.
"We don't ever have the person doing it and the suspect right there where we can get them," Hamilton said.
Hamilton explained that there are only two felony animal abuse charges in the state of Kentucky.
"Our goal is protecting animals," Hamilton said. "Protect the public and protect the animals."
Mickey Gerecitano, a buyer for Pape's Archery Unlimited, said the popularity has increased over the last five years, but there aren't any regulations on who can get a cross bow.
"Safety is probably the most important part." Mickey Gerecitano said.
Hamilton said domestic disputes involving animals like Saturday's are better suited for LMPD.
"In this type of situation, we weren't able to get out there to protect the animal but hopefully with the charges being taken out justice will be served for the animal," Hamilton said.
Police said they believe Childress may have a mental illness.
Childress is scheduled to appear in court again next week.