A man accused of fatally shooting his neighbor’s dog last week turned himself in Friday and he was being held Monday on bail totaling $1.185 million.

Roger Wayne Anderson, 60, of Jenny Lind, was wanted by the Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office on suspicion of felonies including animal cruelty, discharging a firearm in a grossly negligent manner, making criminal threats, being a prohibited person in possession of a firearm and ammunition, and misdemeanor exhibiting a firearm in a threatening manner.

The charges stemmed from a disturbance reported Friday morning in the 9000 block of Scenic Valley Road, southwest of Valley Springs. A man called for help about 7:10 a.m. to report he argued with his neighbor for driving so fast past his house it raised too much dust.

During the argument, according to the Sheriff’s Office, the neighbor’s dog was barking and the man came out of his trailer and fired four shots from a handgun, killing the dog. The man also pointed the handgun at his neighbor and made threats to kill him.

The man then got into a sports utility vehicle and left before law enforcement arrived. The Sheriff’s Office issued a request for help from the public to locate him. Deputies at one point reached Anderson on a phone and spoke to him, urging him to turn himself in, which he did the following day.


Contact Guy McCarthy at gmccarthy@uniondemocrat.com or 770-0405. Follow him on Twitter at @GuyMcCarthy.


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