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Man indicted for animal cruelty, assault
Emory Junior Samples
Emory Junior Samples

A grand jury in the superior court of Forsyth County has indicted a local man on two charges for allegedly dragging a dog behind his truck and pointing a handgun at a witness in early February.

Emory Junior Samples, 71, of Forsyth County was formally charged Monday with aggravated cruelty to animals and aggravated assault.

According to Cpl. Doug Rainwater, a spokesman for the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office, Samples was originally arrested on Feb. 5 after witnesses reported a dog running and being pulled behind an older Ford truck on Settingdown Road.

Rainwater said that deputies quickly found the suspected vehicle off of Martin Road and found blood in the truck bed.

The dog was found in the woods close to Settingdown Road and required immediate medical attention.

According to the indictment, Samples is accused of “maliciously” causing harm to the dog and “seriously disfiguring” it in the process.

Additionally, he is accused of assaulting a man from Gainesville with a handgun during the incident.

Court records show that Samples is representing himself at the present time. His case will be presided over by Judge Philip C. Smith and will be prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Jennifer Scalia.

Samples could not be reached for comment as of press time.