Marvell Calloway of Fort Lauderdale, Florida was arrested Wednesday after he was accused of shooting his grandmother’s dog with a shotgun, news sources report. Calloway, 35, was booked into the Broward County Main Jail on charges of discharging a firearm in public, causing the cruel death of an animal with pain and suffering, and for two counts of possession of a weapon and ammunition by a convicted felon. A county judge ordered that he be held in lieu of $56,000 bail bond. Reports did not say whether Calloway has hired legal representation.
According to reports, this is not Calloway’s first run-in with law enforcement. Sources say he was found guilty of selling fake drugs in early 2004. Arrest records also reportedly say Calloway had been previously arrested on charges of armed robbery, burglary, possession of cocaine, and battery. “You’ve been convicted of battery three times,” a county judge reportedly said during Calloway’s initial hearing. “The court notes you have a violent history.” The judge ordered that Calloway not go to his grandmother’s residence and not try to contact her pending trial.
The incident occurred around 3:00 Wednesday afternoon at his grandmother’s residence in the 2400 block of Northwest 26th Street. Calloway turned up at the home, shotgun in hand, sources allege. The press was unable to say what sparked the alleged violent outburst. According to reports, Calloway said “he had something for grandma,” then went out back, aimed the shotgun at Maya, the grandmother’s German shepherd mix dog, and fired one shot into her side.
Marcus Calloway, a relation of Calloway’s, witnessed the shooting, sources say. Marcus watched as Marvell allegedly placed the gun into a silver box, which he then hid under a green, broken-down Lincoln in the home’s driveway, reports say. Marcus reportedly showed responding officers where the defendant allegedly stashed the shotgun. Marvell reportedly declined to say why he had shot the dog.
Meanwhile, Maya the German shepherd mix was rushed to Broward Animal Control and Care for treatment. The dog was later taken to the Coral Springs Animal Hospital, but she ultimately died of the gunshot wound.
Pets are occasionally the victims of crimes. Earlier this year, West Palm Beach resident Jose A. Gomez was apprehended after he was accused striking a Chihuahua belonging to Mackinson Phelius in a hit-and-run accident, sources report. The Chihuahua died as a result of the incident, sources say. Gomez, 39, was taken to the Palm Beach County Jail on charges of causing cruel death, pain and suffering of an animal and operating a vehicle with a revoked or suspended license. An update on the case is not currently available.
Reports say the incident occurred as Phileus and his girlfriend, Yanil Rose, were walking the Chihuahua. Gomez allegedly struck the Chihuahua in a Kia Rio, then fled the scene. Phileus reportedly said Gomez made no attempt to brake during the incident. Gomez allegedly called the Chihuahua “a piece of [trash]” before being arrested and taken to jail.