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Suspect arrested in break-in; dog assaulted in incident

A 34-year-old Halifax man faces a charge of burglary with felony intent, and a hound dog had to be euthanized following a break-in and assault on an animal that occurred at a Fenton Street residence in South Boston Saturday night.

Michael Ryan Waddle of 1055 Dan River Church Road was arrested by Officer T. D. Clay in the wee morning hours Monday after South Boston Police executed a search warrant at the residence, authorities said Tuesday morning. 

Following his arrest on one count of breaking and entering he was released on a $10,000 secured bond.

According to Capt. B. K. Lovelace of the South Boston Police Department, the burglary and assault on a dog continues to be an ongoing investigation.

“Officers and detectives are still gathering information and leads into the case,” Lovelace said.

The investigation into the assault on the dog at the Fenton Street residence also is continuing, the captain said.

Due to the severe injuries the dog received, it had to be euthanized, Lovelace confirmed Tuesday.

According to an affidavit filed in Halifax County Circuit Court by South Boston Detective Randy Redd, law enforcement officers executed a search warrant early Monday at Waddle’s Dan River Church Road residence in connection with the breaking and entering offense.

The affidavit states South Boston Police Officer Benjamin H. Smith was dispatched to 1601 Fenton Street at 11:13 p.m. Saturday after resident Kimberly Paula Hunt reported someone had broken into her residence.

Hunt told Smith she found nothing taken from her residence, but her hound dog that was in the basement had been severely beaten.

According to information in the affidavit, Smith said he witnessed the dog’s injuries, “and one of the dog’s eyes was completely out of the eye socket, and the dog had severe head injuries.” 

In the affidavit, Smith said, “There was what appeared to be blood spatter on the walls of the basement.”

 Hunt told Smith she had left her residence at approximately 5 p.m. Saturday and returned at approximately 10 p.m. When she returned, Hunt found her dog in the basement, the affidavit states. 

A neighbor informed Smith that shortly after Hunt left her residence, a person she recognized as Hunt’s boyfriend came to the residence and entered the basement area of the house. The neighbor told the officer she did not know this person’s name but knew him to be the boyfriend of Hunt, the affidavit continued.

  The neighbor described the person who entered the basement as being a tall white male with red hair, and she told Smith the person she saw enter the basement was carrying something with him when he left, similar in appearance to a Dewalt drill or power tool case.

 The neighbor also told Smith the white male arrived and left the residence on his car, according to the affidavit. 

Hunt informed Smith she had been dating Michael Waddle, but she had broken up with him earlier that same day.

 According to the affidavit, South Boston Police Officer J. B. Throckmorton knows Waddle who he described as “a tall red-headed white male.”

 The affidavit for the search warrant states “Virginia DMV records show that Michael Ryan Waddle has an address of 1055 Dan River Church Road in Halifax.”

The search warrant issued for that residence described the things or persons to be searched for as follows:

“Blunt instruments that may contain blood/blood stains, any clothes that may contain blood/blood stains, blood/ blood stains that may be present on any item either in the residence or any vehicle located at the residence that is registered to Michael Waddle. A power tool or drill box, possibly a Dewalt drill box.”