Who, age What Where When Last Known Address
Dena Brooke Baird, 25 (1) caged dog shot, survives

Rockholds, KY

Whitley County

November 7, 2014 LaFollette, TN
Daniel Myers, 31 (2) caged dog shot, survives

Rockholds, KY

Whitley County

November 7, 2014 Williamsburg, KY
Type of Crime Other Crimes #/Type of animal(s) involved Case Status Next Court Date /Courthouse

(1, 2)burglary, carjacking

(1)failure to appear; carrying a concealed weapon, public intoxication and burglary in November 2009; burglary, possession of burglary tools, receiving stolen property valued at more than $10,000 & drug charges in December 2010

1 dog Alleged  

A LaFollette woman faces burglary and animal cruelty charges in Kentucky after investigators say she shot a dog in the face during a home invasion. The Whitley County Sheriff's Office says 25-year-old Dena Baird and Daniel Myers stole three handguns, two laptops, a camera, an iPad, an Xbox, and jewelry from a home on Tyes Ferry Road in November.

"The animal was actually in the cage when it was shot. I'm assuming it's because the dog was barking, drawing attention, so they tried to shut it up," says Sgt. Kirk Mays. The dog survived. "The homeowner had said her dog had gotten beaten up, that was in the cage," Sgt. Mays explains. "They took the dog later on to the vet to have it checked out about midnight that night. Come to find out, the dog had actually been shot with a .380 pistol." The pistol belonged to the homeowner, which the suspects are accused of taking.

Investigators say Baird and Myers were eventually tracked down in Jellico trying to steal a car. The stolen items from the home were also found.

Photo courtesy of WVLT/WKYT

After facing previous charges in Campbell County, Baird was arrested on the Whitley County burglary and animal cruelty charges on New Year's Day.

Myers will answer to outstanding charges in Tennessee before being extradited back to Kentucky.

Update 1/6/15: One suspect has been jailed and a second awaits extradition from Tennessee in a November burglary case that ended with a caged pet getting shot.

Dena Brooke Baird, 25, of LaFollette, Tennessee, was jailed in the Whitley County Detention Center New Year’s Day and faces charges of second-degree burglary and first-degree cruelty to animals in this case.

According to a report from the Whitley County Sheriff’s Office, Baird and 31-year-old Daniel Myers, of Williamsburg, allegedly broke into a residence on Tyes Ferry Road in Rockholds sometime between Nov. 7 and 8.

The homeowner contacted the sheriff’s office November 8th, 2014 to report the burglary.

The homeowner told deputies that entry to the home was gained through a back window of the residence — and in the process of entering, at least one person reportedly cut themselves.

Blood evidence was found and recovered inside the home, and has been sent to the Kentucky State Police crime lab in London for analysis.

In the process of the burglary, the suspects reportedly shot a dog in the home, which was caged while the homeowners were working, according to the sheriff’s office. The dog did survive.

The day after the report was filed, officers with the Jellico Police Department in Jellico, Tennessee received a report about a male and female couple allegedly stealing a car from a home there.

Deputy Joe Prewitt was asked to assist — and according to the police report, when he and officers arrived at the scene, Myers allegedly pulled a weapon, then decided to throw it down and was arrested without incident.

Baird was also arrested at the time — and a subsequent search of the vehicle allegedly uncovered several items that were reportedly stolen from the Tyes Ferry residence.

It was learned Baird faced unrelated charges in Tennessee before her return to Kentucky to answer for these new charges — Myers also faces unrelated charges in Tennessee and was jailed in Campbell County.

Once Myers returns to Kentucky, he, too, will face second-degree burglary and first-degree animal cruelty charges.

It is not known when Myers will return.

There is no bond yet set for Baird — according to jail records she also faces one charge of failure to appear, although they do not specify for which case she allegedly failed to appear. Those records show she had been booked on charges of carrying a concealed deadly weapon, public intoxication and first-degree burglary in November 2009; and then in December 2010 was arrested on several charges, including third-degree burglary, possession of burglary tools and receiving stolen property valued at more than $10,000, as well as drug charges.

Update 2/18/15: According to the Campbell County Jail Log both Baird and Myers have had other problems with the law.

Baird & Myers have been arrested and booked at the Campbell County Jail on the following date:
9/4/ to 9/5/14
• Dena Brook Baird, 25, 4653 S. U.S. 25W, LaFollette, violation of implied consent law, driving under the influence, failure to maintain control of the vehicle, violation of registration law

9/30 to 10/1/14
• Dena Brook Baird, 25, 4653 S. U.S. 25W, LaFollette, theft of property under $500

11/9 to 11/10/14
• Dena Brook Baird, 25, 4353 U.S. 25W, LaFollette, capias/bench warrant.
• Daniel Wayne Myers, 31, 918 Plum St., Jellico, violation of probation.


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Campbell County Records