A dog was found dead on a Fairfax County archery range last July. Wednesday, its owner was charged with the animal’s death.
The dog’s body was discovered at the Northern Virginia Archers Club Range next to Fountainhead Regional Park in Fairfax Station on July 15. The dog had been shot. Fairfax County police say the shepherd mix had a collar, but no tag or other identification. It did, however, have an microchip embedded under its skin. That led detectives to medical records and a possible owner.
Wednesday, Animal Protection Police arrested the owner, 61-year-old Mark Cochran of Reston. Cochran has been charged with animal cruelty (felony), hunting or discharge of firearms in certain places prohibited, and dumping trash, companion animal, etc., on highway, public, or private property.