Atlanta, GA -- The man who won "Survivor: Thailand" four years ago is charged with battery and cruelty to animals.
Officials say Brian Heidik shot a puppy with an arrow.
A Georgia county judge has released Heidik on bond.
An Atlanta TV station reports Heidik told the judge he thought the dog was a coyote that has been harassing his pets.
But a prosecutor says Heidik's wife called authorities at about three this morning to say he'd shot a puppy "and planned to shoot another one."
Officials say Heidik fled in his car when sheriff's deputies arrived. He was quickly captured.
The prosecutor says evidence at the home also supports a charge of battery for family violence.
Heidik is a former North Carolina State football player, used-car salesman and part-time actor.