Anthony Romainious Garrison

German Shepard beaten while walking with owner

Hillsboro, OR

July 11, 2006

The charges against 33-year old Anthony Romainious Garrison, accused of beating a stranger’s dog while it was walking with its owner, was upgraded to a felony at his arraignment on Monday, July 24th.  Garrison faces as much as five years in prison and a fine of as much as $125,000 if convicted of beating the dog near downtown Hillsboro on July 11th.  The Washington County Deputy District Attorney charged Garrison with first-degree aggravated animal abuse for ‘knowingly torturing an animal for the primary purpose of inflicting pain’.  When Garrison was arrested by Hillsboro Police, he was originally cited for second-degree animal abuse, a misdemeanor alleging ‘intentionally, knowingly or recklessly causing physical injury’.

During his arraignment on Monday, Garrison smirked as Washington County Circuit Court Judge Timothy P. Alexander explained the charge had been increased. Judge Alexander warned him that his conduct in the community was not acceptable and if convicted and returned to him for sentencing, he could expect severe sanctions.

The dog, Shiloh, was treated for a broken tooth and facial pain.

Update 8/3/06:

Anthony Romainious Garrison, 33, who was in court last week for allegedly beating a dog with a cane, is back in jail on an accusation of punching his girlfriend in front of their 19-month old daughter. Hillsboro Police arrested Garrison on Monday, July 31st on felony fourth-degree assault. Bail was set at $10,000.

Lt. Michael Rouches, Hillsboro Police spokesman, stated Garrison’s live-in girlfriend had a black eye, blood in her pupil and a bruise on her shoulder when she reported the alleged assault, three days after the incident. The young woman, 26, told police she was scared to report the assault when it happened, but after seeing her injuries, friends talked her into filing a complaint. The charge is a felony because it allegedly happened in front of a child.


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