FRANKLIN COUNTY — A 36-year-old Mulkeytown man was arrested over the weekend for allegedly hanging a young family member’s dog.

Frederick M. Edwards was formally charged Monday in Franklin County Court with Class 4 felony aggravated cruelty to animals and misdemeanor aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Court records say on Saturday, deputies were dispatched to a report of a domestic violence incident occurring at a residence in rural Franklin County involving a female juvenile and another family member.

The initial report indicated that as a result of the confrontation, the adult family member had killed the juvenile’s dog.  It was also alleged that the suspect brandished a knife during the dispute.

Upon arrival to the residence, deputies made contact and spoke with Edwards. Deputies reportedly determined that following the confrontation with the juvenile, Edwards retrieved the dog from his yard, took the dog inside his home, and hung the dog with a chain from a ceiling rafter until the dog died.

Edwards was ultimately arrested and taken to the Franklin County Jail where he remains. He was formally charged in court Monday and ordered detained due to a petition to revoke his probation on a 2022 conviction in Franklin County for meth possession.