A Wake County District Court judge increased the bail amount Monday for a 19-year-old Raleigh man accused of drowning a dog at his apartment complex swimming pool last week.
Khai Daugherty of 10311 Crestgate Terrace and another 19-year-old, Annaliese Petersen of 8333 Martello Lane, were both charged Friday with one count each of felony animal cruelty, according to arrest warrants.
Investigators have accused Daugherty and Petersen of “maliciously” torturing, “cruelly” beating and killing “a black medium-sized dog,” according to the warrants. Wake County District Court Judge Jacqueline Brewer said Monday that Daugherty and Petersen could each spend up to 39 months in prison if convicted.
A Wake prosecutor told Brewer that the teens were at the pool after hours when it was closed. Police say Daugherty and Petersen claimed they were trying to teach the dog to swim and not be afraid of water.
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Daugherty’s bail before his first appearance was $3,000. Brewer raised it to $10,000.
Police say an animal control officer was called to the Bexley at Brier Creek apartment complex Friday about a dead dog. Investigators determined the black Labrador-mixed breed had been beaten and then drowned in the pool Thursday night, according to ABC11.
Petersen told ABC11 that she did not hurt the dog, named Eclipse. She said she tried to perform CPR after Daugherty brought the dog to her at the pool and said it was dead.
She says Daugherty hit Eclipse in the chest to try to get the dog to breathe.
Petersen was released from the Wake County jail Friday after posting an undisclosed bond amount, a jail spokesman said Monday afternoon. Daugherty remained in custody, the spokesman reported.