Frisky dogs lead to aggravated assault charge

Kenneth E. Bunn

An early morning argument that started over dogs having sex escalated into an aggravated assault, leaving a 69-year-old grandmother with an aching left shoulder and elbow, according to a Whitfield County Sheriff's Office incident report.

The grandmother said her grandson, who faces the aggravated assault charge, doesn’t need to be in jail but instead needs treatment.

Kenneth E. Bunn, 26, of 3183 Sonya Drive in Dalton, was charged Wednesday by the sheriff’s office with aggravated assault, battery (family violence) and battery against a person 65 years of age or older. He was being held in the county jail with a property bond of $3,500.

“He’s got a mental issue,” Bunn’s grandmother Sarah Colvard said. “He needs help. He is a good boy and never been in trouble before. He works hard." She said the incident did not need to be reported in the newspaper.

According to the incident report, when Bunn was awoken around 5 a.m. on Wednesday by his grandmother, he discovered that his aunt’s dog and his dog were "having sex." He “was upset that his dog was going to die if it got pregnant.” Bunn told a deputy "he put his dog up" and got ready for work. In response to a question, he said there was arguing "but he did not hit anyone."

"Kenneth stated he was mad because nobody at the house cares about him or his dog," the report said.

Bunn’s aunt Donna Rogers and Colvard provided a different account of what took place.

Colvard said after Bunn discovered the dogs, he "became angry" and “shoved her down, causing her to hurt her left shoulder and elbow.”

Rogers said she told Bunn "not to be shoving" his grandmother and said he “grabbed (Rogers) by the throat and pushed her into the corner of the room and began punching her in the left shoulder and upper left arm.” The report noted Rogers had "visible red marks on her neck, shoulder and upper arm."

Rogers provided a written statement, but the report noted Colvard "refused." When contacted Thursday, Colvard said she was still in pain and expected to see a doctor on Friday.

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