Saturday, January 7, 2006
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Gwinnett Daily Post
BUFORD - A man accused of killing 14 puppies and stuffing them into a pillowcase was charged Thursday with cruelty to animals.
An area resident found the sack full of dead puppies at the entrance of Hillcrest Glenn Subdivision in Buford. He notified Gwinnett County Animal Control, who canvassed the neighborhood for more information.
The agency's investigation found John Philip Peace, 41, to be the puppies' owner and the primary suspect.
Peace claimed the puppies but told investigators he was not responsible for their deaths. His statement did not match the physical evidence, police said.
In addition to the puppies, the pillowcase contained a 10-pound weight. The investigation revealed the puppies' cause of death was blunt force trauma.
"They did die from force trauma. And there is evidence to suggest the weight in the bag was used," said Officer Darren Moloney, spokesman for the Gwinnett County Police Department.
Moloney said all of the puppies appeared to be a Labrador mix and were from the same litter. He did not know what had happened to the puppies' mother.
Peace is being held at the Gwinnett County Detention Center on a $32,200 bond. He has been charged with 14 counts of cruelty to animals, which is a felony in Georgia.