CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A Dunbar man admitted to animal cruelty charges Friday in connection to allegations that he fired BBs at a small dog in a cage.

Steven P. King, 20, pleaded guilty Friday to one misdemeanor count of animal cruelty. He faces up to a year of prison on the charges.

On Jan. 8, Dunbar Police Officer W.M. Moss responded to a disturbance call at King’s home at 413 17th St. A neighbor told the officer that he tried to force in his way into King’s house for fear that he was abusing an animal inside, according to a police report.

The floors apparently were covered with animal excrement; much of it was dried and ground into the carpet, the report states.

Two children, ages 9 and 10, were in the living room of the house, according to the report. One child was walking barefoot on the carpet. Rotting food, bags of trash, a bottle of boric acid and a turkey carcass also were reported lying around the house.

The dog, a small pinscher, apparently was roaming around the living room, in which sat a small black cage surrounded by spent BBs, the reports states. Moss examined the dog, and found that it was covered with welts, apparently from the BBs.

A Dunbar humane officer took the animal, and workers from Child Protective Services relocated the children. Another person in the house, Krissa Bowers, was arrested for child neglect, according to the report.

As part of a special type of plea agreement, King admitted to the animal cruelty charge, but did not stipulate to actually firing the BB gun at the dog.

Kanawha County Assistant Prosecutor Fred Giggenbach has recommended the full six-month prison sentence on the charges.

The case is before Kanawha Circuit Judge Duke Bloom.

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