Men found guilty of chaining dog to back of pickup in Stokes County


Jose Lopez and Jonathon Mason Evans

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SANDY RIDGE, N.C. — Two men have been found guilty in connection to a dog that was abused, chained to the back of a pickup and killed last September.

Jose Lopez and Jonathon Mason Evans have been found guilty of felony animal cruelty. Both have been sentenced to 90 days in jail and a suspended sentence of 7-18 months.

Evans, then 18, was found guilty of abusing the German shepherd mix dog and then chaining it to the back of a pickup truck. After that, Lopez, then 35, drove the truck down the road, killing the dog.

Brittany Southern lived on the street where the incident occurred Sept. 2, 2013 in Stokes County.

“(Evans) picked the dog up over his head and slammed it down on the ground twice,” she said. “I’ve never seen anything like this happen around here.”

Southern said she saw what happened from her porch, along with her brother Adam Southern and their friend Robbie Davidson.

Because of Susie’s Law, animal cruelty is now a Class H felony. It carries with it a possible 4 to 8-month jail sentence for a first-time offender.

Lopez and Evans are not allowed to own any more animals and will have to undergo a mental health evaluation.

Evans was reportedly upset because the dog bit him.

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