Sarge The Pit Bull: Animal Cruelty Suspect Named And Formally Charged

The Inquisitr has been following the Sarge the pit bull saga that began in early August. Sarge the pit bull, previously known under three different names, was left for dead with an arrow piercing his belly.

“Twenty minutes from Ivin, Utah, a sergeant with the Washington Country Sheriff’s office found the injured pit bull on old Highway 91. The officer called Ivin animal control officer Aggie Smith to respond to the scene, according to St. George News.”

By the end of August, the police were on the case, and Sarge (formerly Remy and Bane) was recuperating with a foster family. Also, Sarge’s former owner had seen the news and had come down to check on her pit bull. She recounted the story about how she, through two different unfortunate circumstances, had to eventually relinquish the pit bull she loved. She was unsure of how Sarge the pit bull had ended up out on old Highway 91, but was cooperating with police.

“Currently, Ms. Farnsworth is cooperating with police and have expressed a desire to find the culprit of this savage abuse. Due to change of residence, marriage, and a baby a long the way, Farnsworth feels the new circumstances will prove to allow her more time to dedicate to her pit bull.”

Sarge’s former owner disappeared from the picture, and appears to have decided not to readopt her former pit bull. However, the adoptive family chose to keep the injured pit bull as their own. Less than a week ago, the police were reportedly sitting on charges and the identity of the suspect, but insisted they would pursue them and release the information shortly.

“The pit bull shot with an arrow has been adopted. Sarge, formerly known as Remy and formerly Bane, is reportedly heading for a full recovery and enjoying his new adopted family.”

According to The Spectrum, the Washington County Attorney’s office released on Tuesday that they were filing misdemeanor charges of animal cruelty and obstruction of justice against Robert James Sumner of Santa Clara.

“Sumner will be summoned to face charges in 5th District Court in Washington County, and the court will set a date for arraignment.”

Although initial reports suggest it was an arrow that caused the injuries to Sarge the pit bull, new information has come to light that suggests it was by other means. Unfortunately, at this time, the new findings were not discussed as charges are still pending.

The aforementioned charges, as mention by The Inquisitr in the last report, are considered class B misdemeanors in Utah.

The Sun Independent stated that no trial date has been set for arraignment. According to St. George News, the press release reminded the public that the charges are “merely accusations,” and Mr. Sumner is “presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.”

That goes without saying. However, for Sarge’s sake, let’ hope this ends the month-long chapter of horror for this pit bull.

[Images Via Haily Farnsworth And St. George News]