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Trio Charged with Shooting Darts at Cats

Officials in Allegany County say two adults and one juvenile are involved in a disturbing animal cruelty case, in which they say the trio was shooting domestic cats with darts.
ALLEGANY COUNTY, Md. - Deputies with the Allegany County Sheriff's Office say two adults and one juvenile are involved in a disturbing animal cruelty case, in which they say the trio was shooting domestic cats with darts. 

Deputies say the charges stem from a one week investigation. They say Jamie Wayne Villa, 19, of Frostburg, Md., and Christopher Allen Fazenbaker, 25, of Lonaconing, Md., along with a 17-year-old were shooting darts using blow guns at cats in the Georges Creek area. They say several four-inch darts were found at different locations, and three blow dart guns were found during the investigation. 

Deputies say the investigation revealed the group were shooting at random cats with blow dart guns. They say one cat received a four-inch dart into its neck-area. 

Villa and Fazenbaker are both charged with one count of attempted animal cruelty, one count of animal cruelty, three counts of contribute to the conditions of a child, three counts of littering/dumping 100 lbs and one count of disturbing the peace. 

Villa is currently being held on a $5,000 bond and Fazenbaker is being held on a $3,500 bond. The juvenile was referred to the Dept. of Juvenile Services. 

Deputies say the case is still under investigation. If anyone has had an animal injured from a dart or similar circumstances, they're asked to contact Deputy GaryCrowe at (240)-362-1462. 
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