Fairfield doctor accused of hitting dog with hammer, shooting it

The owner of Fairfield Primary Care on Mack Road has been arrested on a felony cruelty to animals charge in Indiana, according to charging documents by an Indiana prosecutor.

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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