A Mystic man has been charged with beating and shooting a dog, then leaving it in a ditch.

James Edward Ruby, 50, of Mystic, was charged Tuesday with animal torture, an aggravated misdemeanor; and discharging weapons, a simple misdemeanor.

According to court filings, the Appanoose County Sheriff's Office was notified Tuesday at 7:38 a.m. that a man had beat a dog the night before in the 200 block of North Lodwick Street in Mystic.

It was reported the dog was possibly dead and laying in a ditch. The dog was found alive in the yard but was not standing or moving. They transported it to a local veterinarian, where it was diagnosed with a broken right leg and a gunshot wound to the side.

Deputy Wade Duley wrote in the criminal complaint that Ruby admitted to shooting the dog, but denied beating it. Duley said that a neighbor showed a text message from Ruby stating he shot the dog.

Court filings say the dog was a black colored lab mix and was cabled to a tree without shelter from the rain. The deputy noted blood on the ground, around the dog and tree.

Ruby was released on bond after an initial appearance. He pled not guilty.

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