Man charged with assault on woman, dog
HUNTINGTON — A 25-year-old Huntington man is behind bars after police say he beat a dog and a woman with a metal baseball bat during a burglary on May 29.
Shane Stephen Holbrook was jailed on felony charges of burglary, cruelty to animals, assault during commission of felony and a misdemeanor charge of destruction of property.
Holbrook is accused of breaking into a home in the 900 block of Monroe Avenue with two others, according to the criminal complaint.
The complaint says a resident was inside sleeping in her bed when she heard someone open the door. She went into the front room and saw three men, one of which was wielding a baseball bat, standing inside her doorway.
The men began yelling at her and demanding to know where “Austin” was, a name and person whom the resident did not know, according to the complaint.
After several tense moments, the victim was able to convince the men there wasn’t an Austin in the home, at which time they left. On the front porch, they came across the resident’s mild-mannered pitbull, according to the complaint, and Holbook allegedly struck the dog in the face and head with the metal baseball bat.
During the incident, the resident screamed for help and a neighbor and her boyfriend heard her and rushed into their front yard. Holbrook is accused of hitting the woman in the arm and back with the baseball bat as he and the two others fled. He also is accused of striking the neighbor’s boyfriend’s truck several times, smashing the front windshield.
The woman who was hit with the bat had swelling, bruising and soft tissue damage to her back and arm as a result of the attack.
The dog, frightened and injured, ran from the scene and did not return home for several hours. Once he returned, he was visibly injured and taken to the Huntington Cat and Dog Hospital where veterinarians were forced to remove his left eye.
Pitiful Paws Rescue shared the story on its Facebook page as the dog was adopted from them. They were able to raise $1,000 to pay for the dog’s surgery and hospitalization. He is now recovering at home.
Blake Edward Gundy, 18, was also jailed on a felony burglary charge in connection to the incident. Police are still searching for a third suspect, Jessie Dunsee, 19.
Follow reporter Kristi Murphy on Twitter, @Kristi_Murphy.
The Herald-Dispatch welcomes your comments on this article, but please be civil. Avoid profanity, obscenity, personal attacks, accusations of criminal activity, name-calling or insults to the other posters. Herald-dispatch.com does not control or monitor comments as they are posted, but if you find a comment offensive or uncivil, hover your mouse over the comment and click the X that appears in the upper right of the comment. If you do not want your comment to post to your personal Facebook page, uncheck the box below the comment.