Homer man accused of beating dog faces drug, weapons, child welfare charges

Zaz Hollander

A Homer man was arrested by Alaska State Troopers on Friday after a report that he severely beat a dog led to the discovery of a marijuana grow and weapons cache at his home, troopers said. Two children were also found living there, troopers said.

William H.D. Chapman, 22, was confrontational and fought with troopers when they got to his home on Ruth Way at about 1:30 p.m., troopers spokeswoman Megan Peters said. He had to be subdued, Peters said.

The troopers originally came to the house in response to the animal cruelty complaint about the dog beating, which actually happened in July, she said.

According to the complainant, the dog was beaten with a baseball bat and then later shot and killed, troopers said. It was unclear why the person waited so long to report the animal's death.

The amount of marijuana and number of weapons in the home were not immediately available. Peters said troopers are still investigating.

Chapman was arrested on charges of endangering the welfare of a minor, weapons charges, drug charges, disorderly conduct and animal cruelty charges. Troopers from the Alaska Bureau of Investigation Statewide Drug Task Force were notified and responded to assist the troopers already on scene.


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