NORTH ADAMS — A city man was held on $500 cash bail on Monday for allegedly possessing a sawed-off shotgun without a license and injuring his girlfriend's Chihuahua during a domestic dispute.

Bobby Ewing, 36, of Bracewell Avenue, allegedly threw one of his girlfriend's two dogs after it bit him, early Saturday, according to police.

While the injured dog was taken to a veterinarian, the animal control officer and police returned to the apartment later that morning to check on the woman's second dog. While retrieving the dog, officers spotted a sawed-off shotgun in plain view on the living room couch, according to a probable cause report filed by North Adams Police Sgt. James Burdick.

When asked if he a had a firearm identification card, Ewing allegedly told police that he was from Washington state and there were too many hoops to jump through to obtain a license in Massachusetts. He said he used the shotgun to hunt turkeys, according to the police report.

The 12-gauge Mossburg pump-action shotgun was fully loaded with five rounds of buckshot, the report states. An attached ammunition holder allegedly contained six more rounds. Police could not spot the weapon's serial number, which may have been obstructed by the ammunition holder.

Ewing pleaded not guilty in Northern Berkshire District Court on Monday to charges of possession of a sawed-off shotgun, possession of a firearm without an FID card, possession of ammunition without an FID card, and cruelty to an animal. Bail was set at $500 cash or $5,000 surety by Judge Paul H. Smyth.


Ewing is next scheduled to appear in court for a pretrial hearing on Jan. 8.

Contact Adam Shanks at 413-496-6376.