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Fairfield doctor accused of hitting dog with hammer, shooting it

Dearborn County, Ind., deputies arrested Dr. Joseph Stubbers, of West Harrison, Ind., who is accused of striking a dog on the head with a hammer and then shooting it, according to the documents filed by Dearborn County Prosecutor Lynn Deddens. 

A neighbor called 911 on Saturday and said Stubbers was cleaning a garage with bleach after he allegedly hit the dog, according to the documents. 


Deputies found a hose turned on, a bottle of bleach on top of a trash can, spots of blood and two .40-caliber casings; one round was recovered with hair on it, according to court documents. 

The blood trail led to the front of the house, where deputies found a dog on the porch with a “mutilated right eye” that was bleeding, according to the documents. 

Stubbers told deputies the dog attacked him and he had to put it down. A deputy told Stubbers the dog was still alive, and the doctor said the dog latched onto his arm earlier and he hit it on the head with a hammer, according to the prosecutor. 

Stubbers did not have any marks on his arm, according to deputies.

WCPO reports the dog is in the care of an area veterinarian.

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