Marion man charged with animal abuse in dog drowning case
MCDOWELL COUNTY, N.C. (WLOS) —
A Marion man is facing a felony animal cruelty charge after the body of a dog was found in the Catawba River.
Deputies with the McDowell County Sheriff's Office say Charles Travis Hollifield, 40, drowned a Chihuahua mix by putting it in a drawstring bag, along with a rock, and throwing it in the river.
On March 28, two fishermen discovered the dog named Princess inside a pink camouflage bag in the Catawba River at the Yancey Bridge.
Deputies say Hollifield was acquainted with the dog's owner.