Man arrested for killing dogs

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A Bardstown man accused of shooting and killing dogs is facing several charges.

According to a press release from the Nelson County Sheriff’s Office, deputies were called to the 200 block of McIntyre Lane around 10:30 Friday night on a report of a weapons violation. A caller told deputies an intoxicated man was shooting dogs and shooting toward houses.

When deputies arrived on the scene, they found Joseph William Hutchins, 46, by a shed in the backyard. While speaking with deputies, Hutchins admitted to shooting the dogs and took deputies to the location.

On a nearby neighbor’s property, they found four high bloodline hunting dogs dead in a kennel, according to the release. A motive for the shooting was not given.

The post-arrest complaint for Hutchins, which was filed in court early Monday afternoon, reports Hutchins was screaming "It is my right" when deputies arrived on the scene. It was also reported that Hutchins initially ignored commands from deputies, took an aggressive stance and at one point referred to himself as a "sovereign citizen."

Prior to the deputies' arrival, Hutchins had started to break the shotgun he had used. He had also dropped a pistol on the neighbor's property, according to the complaint.

Hutchins was taken into custody and charged with four counts of first-degree criminal mischief, four counts of torturing a dog with serious physical injury or death, menacing, third-degree criminal trespassing and tampering with physical evidence. He was lodged in the Nelson County Jail.