GERMANTON, N.C. -- Forsyth County deputies say they have arrested the man responsible for torturing and killing an Australian shepherd named Scottie on April 5.
They say the man responsible is Johnny Leon Caddell Jr., of Germanton. Deputies allege that Caddell killed Scottie while his owners were away.
"Found Scottie out by our fire pit, looked to be drug by a four wheeler. Three gun shots. Looked like he'd been beaten and the autopsy proved all that," said Joy Caudle, Scottie's owner. "Oh [we were] devastated. I just broke down and cried."
Caudle says Scottie was a perfect dog. He used to let her granddaughter paint his nails, dress him up and even ride him.
"She asks daily, ‘Where's tot tot? Tot tot coming back?’ How do you explain that to a three year old," said Caudle.
Scottie's family learned of the arrest Tuesday, after Caddell was served with the warrant for Scottie's death, which took place while Caddell was in court answering for other charges.
"It just felt great to know hopefully justice is going to be served. We've prayed for this day to come," said Caudle.
FOX8 looked up Caddell's court dates. He is due in court on August 7 for a felony charge of cruelty to animals, which is in relation to Scottie's death. In addition, he's scheduled to be in there on August 19 for six different charges; reckless driving, disorderly conduct, failure to stop, driving with no registration and expired or no inspection, as well as no insurance and a license plate violation.
He is also due in court on September 10, to answer for reckless driving and unsafe tires.
FOX8 spoke to someone close to Caddell. She refused to go on camera, but said that Caddell grew up around animals and is innocent. As mentioned, he is now charged with felony animal cruelty. He was given a $16,000 bond, which he posted the same day he was charged.
Scottie's family says they're currently looking for a new puppy, and hope that their lives will soon return to normal.