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2/20/2012 3:25:00 PM
Man charged in animal abuse to face other weapons charges
Mark Donald Arneson
Mark Donald Arneson

Jon Hutchinson
Staff Reporter

COTTONWOOD -- The man who has been charged in the "facilitation" of animal abuse in the killing of the pit bull "Buddy" will also face pending charges in Eastern Arizona.

Cottonwood Police Sergeant Gareth Braxton-Johnson explained that there is not enough evidence to show that Mark Donald Arneson, the dog's owner, actually pulled the trigger putting two rounds in Buddy's skull, but he clearly placed the dog in harm's way, if, in fact, he gave the dog to another man, as he claims.

Arneson has a criminal history, mainly in Eastern Arizona that includes theft and burglary. Until the Cottonwood shooting, Arneson was also wanted on two warrants from Round Valley Justice Court, making it clear that Arneson is not allowed to have guns, if that were the case.

One is a warrant for two counts of trafficking in stolen property and two counts of possession of a weapon by a prohibited person.

A separate warrant charges possession of a weapon by a prohibited possessor.

Braxton said Arneson is to be extradited to Navajo County to face those outstanding charges.

"Buddy," whose real name was Homer, was found shot and wounded by a passerby near Ogden Ranch Road. He was taken to a veterinarian, but succumbed to the bullet wounds.

Arneson told investigators the animal had become aggressive and he had given it to another man.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Sunday, February 19, 2012
Article comment by: cowboy bob

TOO BAD....the world would be a better place if the dog was still here

Posted: Sunday, February 19, 2012
Article comment by: MaryAnn Canning

I don't think anyone has thanked Cottonwood Police Department for their work in finding the person who shot Buddy or, if it's true, found the person who arranged for Buddy to be shot. Sounds like Arneson is someone we'd rather not have as a neighbor.
Thank you, Cottonwood Police!

Posted: Saturday, February 18, 2012
Article comment by: Oh Please

Taking his dog out and shooting it should have been your first clue.

The neck tat and the shaved head should have been you second clue.

The criminal history that has just surfaced for burglary, possession of stolen property, together with warrants from Round Valley for other charges should, by all accounds, be your third clue.

So please....all of you defenders...please just drop it.

Posted: Saturday, February 18, 2012
Article comment by: *So NOT* Aggressive*

Dogs that are "Claimed to be Aggressive"
(big fat lie-sounds like the low life is coming up with excuses to avoid punishment of the law)
Does he sound like an upstanding citizen to you with such a criminal record?

A "supposed aggressive dog" lying in pain with two bullets in their head suffering on the side of the road for hours will not allow a stranger to approach them. Let alone pick them up and put them in a vehicle and then nuzzle up to them and put their head on their arm to show appreciation to the rescurer.

Agree with the comments below from someone who has a clue!!

There is no place in the world (at least not in our community) where this cowardly act of cruelty should go unpunished. "Buddy" has touched a lot of our lives. After Glenn found him and before we heard of his death, like so many others, I couldn't wait to hug this animal and give him treats and toys. It still is painful to think of what he went through before he was found and given aid and shelter. To hear Glenn tell how Buddy nuzzled up to him to show his appreciation makes me very sad. If the abuser has been identified then justice needs to be served. A lifetime of community service at the Humane Society won't be either but is an appropriate step.

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