A dispute between Viola neighbors over a dog turned violent March 11 with the gruesome death of the dog and death threats against his owners.
John Anthony Cantrell, 36, has been charged with terroristic threatening in the first degree, a class D felony; simultaneous possession of drugs and guns, a class Y felony; possession of marijuana with intent to deliver, a class C felony; possession of drug paraphernalia with the intent to manufacture methamphetamine, a class B felony; possession of drug paraphernalia with intent to use, a class C felony; felon in possession of a firearm, a class D felony; and cruelty to animals, a class A misdemeanor.
According to the Fulton County Sheriff's Department, Cantrell shot the dog with two arrows and hung it from a tree in his yard after trapping the dog on his property.
"This has been a pretty wild deal," Fulton County Sheriff Walter Dillinger said. "If he would have listened to me none of this would have ever happened."
Cantrell threatened to kill the dog's owners, Wayne and Debra Hudson, because their dog got into Cantrell's trash earlier in the week, according to the Fulton County Clerk's Office.
Debra Hudson said Cantrell has been involved in numerous conflicts with his neighbors since he moved into the neighborhood approximately 6 months ago.
"That man has terrorized our neighborhood since he moved here," a tearful Debra Hudson said. "He said he was making my dog an example for the people living in our neighborhood."
Cantrell was arrested without incident following a traffic stop in Salem.
Inside Cantrell's house law officers found five loaded guns, a .357 Magnum pistol, marijuana, bear traps, night vision scopes, surveillance equipment and a plastic tub filled with prescription medications.
Drug Task Force Chief Scott Russell said components used in the manufacture of methamphetamine were also found in Cantrell's house.
Russell said officers found three mattresses stacked up against a window in Cantrell's bedroom with a high powered assault rifle within reach.
"Based on my experience and training this is a tactical move employed by persons who intend to barricade themselves in case of attack," Russell said.
He said a make shift spike strip was discovered by officers in the driveway.
Bonnie Hensley, Cantrell's girlfriend, was arrested during the raid inside Cantrell's house. She has been charged with possession of drug paraphernalia with intent to use, simultaneous possession of drugs and guns, cruelty to animals, and possession of marijuana with intent to deliver.
"Thank God we got him away from his house," Dillinger said. "If we had to get him out of that house he would have fought back with all those weapons and someone could have got hurt."
The surveillance equipment and other items taken from the house were purchased over the last several days, Dillinger said.
Cantrell, who moved into the area from Florida several years ago, has a lengthy criminal record which includes a previous conviction for kidnapping, Dillinger said.
A felony conviction prevents Cantrell from possessing a firearm.
Dillinger said Cantrell set up bear traps and grab hooks laced with meat on his property to catch the dog.
He said Cantrell caught the dog and hung it by its hind legs before shooting it with a cross-bow. After killing the dog, Cantrell camped outside that night in a camouflage tent near the hanging dog, Dillinger said.
Debra Hudson said she fled her house in fear after seeing her dog hanging in Cantrell's yard the next morning.
"This guy really needs some help," Dillinger said. "Since he's been in jail he threatened to kill several officers and other people."
Cantrell's cash bond has been set at $100,000. He had not posted bond as of press time.
Bonnie Hensley's bond was set at $10,000. She is being held in the Izard County Detention Center.
Cantrell and Hensley appeared in Fulton County Circuit Court March 15.