The cat died during the incident, according to court records. Three minutes later, police received a 9-1-1 call from the neighbor, identified as Lisa Marie Everhart, saying a man later identified as Sagraves broke into her house and hit her dog in the head with a wooden baseball bat, records showed.
A court affidavit indicated Everhart was visibly upset along with her young children, who were screaming and crying. Everhart was charged with a misdemeanor for failing to confine her dogs.
Two other witnesses also saw the alleged attack, according to court documents.
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“Both observed the defendant rush inside, raise a baseball bat above his head and hit the dog with all his might,” court records state.
Sagraves said he asked for permission to enter the house and Everhart said yes; however, she disputes the claim. Sagraves also told police he hit the dog “out of self-defense,” according to court documents.
The baseball bat was recovered as evidence in the case, and Everhart said the dog died from its injuries.