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Augusta County: Bond appeal filed by man accused of killing neighbor’s service dog

Crystal Graham

buddyUpdate: Thursday, 5:06 p.m. A hearing date has been set for the bond appeal with Augusta County Circuit Court for Tuesday, Sept. 26, at 11:15 a.m., according to court records.


Original story published Thursday, 10:02 a.m. The Augusta County man accused of shooting and killing a local veteran’s service dog has filed a bond appeal to the Augusta County Circuit Court.

Bond was denied for Louis Edward Davis, Jr., by Augusta County General District Court Judge Rupen Shah on Tuesday.

The appeal was filed on Wednesday with the Circuit Court clerk.

At this time, no date has been set to hear the appeal.

Davis has been charged with a Class 6 felony and a Class 1 misdemeanor related to the incident:

  • 3.2-6570. Cruelty to animals, and
  • 18.2-56.1 reckless handling of a firearm

A quick assessment of Davis’ mental health was ordered by Shah on Tuesday.

Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Kyle Powers, who is handling the case, said his office will continue to push for no bond for Davis.

Davis is currently being held at Middle River Regional Jail.

The dog killed, known as Buddy Bear, was owned by Joeseph and Edith Sande, who had recently moved to the area from Arizona. Davis is accused of using a large caliber revolver on Friday to shoot the neighbor’s dog in the Cherry Orchard subdivision in Augusta County.

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Crystal Graham

Crystal Graham

Crystal Abbe Graham is the regional editor of Augusta Free Press. A 1999 graduate of Virginia Tech, she has worked for nearly 25 years as a reporter and editor for several Virginia publications, written a book, and garnered more than a dozen Virginia Press Association awards for writing and graphic design. She was the co-host of "Viewpoints," a weekly TV news show, and co-host of Virginia Tonight, a nightly TV news show. Her work on "Virginia Tonight" earned her a national Telly award for excellence in television.

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