Justin Riggs and Brian Tichner have been arrested in connection with a January 15 dog shooting in Earlysville.
Just 10 months old, Mattie the Siberian Husky was shot and killed in her own yard by a high-powered rifle.
Two and a half months after a 10-month old Siberian Husky named
Mattie was shot and killed in an Earlysville-area front yard,
police have made two arrests.
Twenty-six-year-old Justin Tyler Riggs of Charlottesville was
arrested Tuesday, March 29, and charged with possession of a
firearm as a violent felon, cruelty to animals, and illegal hunting
for his role in the January 15 shooting. Twenty-one-year-old Brian
Charles Tichner of Dyke,
arrested March 30, has been charged only with possession of a
firearm as a violent felon, suggesting investigators believe Riggs
pulled the trigger.
In the days after the incident, Mattie's owners, Yvonne and Ed
Scarborough, put up a $10,000 reward and expressed their horror
that someone would have killed the friendly pup, who was contained
by an electric fence in their Fray's Grant subdivision yard.
"He probably called her," Yvonne Scarborough theorized of the
shooter in a pre-arrest interview. "He shot her right in the chest.
He just shot her in cold blood."
When the family beckoned their dogs in that night, only Max,
Mattie's littermate, responded. The Scarboroughs' teenaged son went
out looking for Mattie and discovered her in the yard, lying dead
in a pool of blood.
"She probably thought he wanted to pet her," said Scarborough,
breaking into tears.
The human members of the Scarborough family weren't the only...