WISCASSET, Maine — A Waldoboro man who police say shot a Labrador retriever with 80 to 100 BBs has been indicted by a grand jury for aggravated cruelty to animals.
Aaron Armstrong, 32, was arrested in June after an investigation by the Waldoboro Police Department. He remained in Two Bridges Regional Jail on Monday afternoon, held on $25,000 surety or $7,500 cash, according to court documents.
The dog, later named Lady by the South Bristol man who adopted her, was discovered by Waldoboro Animal Control Officer Laurice Ducharme near Orffs Corner in late May. At first the dog appeared to have bug bites or dog acne on her nose, but when Peter Blanton expressed interest in adopting her, and she was taken to be spayed, a veterinarian reviewing X-rays discovered dozens of BBs lodged throughout her head and body.
“This dog is riddled with BB shots from her nose to her tail,” Lincoln County Animal Shelter manager Carrie Koskela said at the time.
Waldoboro police Chief Bill Labombarde said in June that police subsequently spent two days going door to door in the Orffs Corner area, asking questions and looking for leads. The information they received, he said at the time, “all led to the same house.”
Armstrong was arrested June 13 and charged with aggravated cruelty to animals. If found guilty, he faces a maximum sentence of five years in jail.
“It was a heinous thing to do to a helpless animal and whatever comes of it now is probably what’s supposed to come of it,” Labombarde said Monday. “I can only assume that he hasn’t had a very easy go of things, but you don’t do that to an animal — a defenseless animal to boot.”
Armstrong’s attorney, David Paris, declined to comment Monday.