Dog Thrower Charged With Felony

Man confessed to tossing Chihuahua into the Catoctin Creek

Friday, Sep 18, 2009  |  Updated 7:46 PM EDT
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Dog Thrower Charged With Felony

Caisha and Tim Wantz

Zoey's body was never found.

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FREDERICK, Md. -- Prosecutors in Frederick have added a felony count of aggravated animal cruelty to the charges against a Brunswick man accused of tossing a Chihuahua off a bridge.

The additional charge prompted postponement of a hearing Thursday for 34-year-old David Michael Beers, the Frederick News-Post reported.

Beers already faced a misdemeanor count of animal cruelty plus theft and trespass charges. The new charge means he could be sentenced to up to three years in prison if convicted.

Beers has admitted he threw Caisha and Tim Wantz's dog Zoey from his car as he drove over Catoctin Creek, police said.

Beers grabbed the animal after an argument with the couple in their long, rural driveway, according to court documents. Trying to pull out of the driveway, the couple asked him to leave. He told them he wanted to stay and make a call on his cell phone. Then he drove toward Caisha like he was going to run her over, the couple said.

The man left but returned when the couple left and grabbed Zoey, according to charging documents.

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