11-year-old charged with shooting barking dog
An 11-year-old boy in Virginia used a gun stolen from a neighbor to shoot another neighbor’s dog — because he thought the dog was barking too much, authorities said.
The incident occurred Monday afternoon in Spotsylvania, about two miles from Riverbend High School, according to the Free Lance Star in Fredericksburg.
The dog’s owner told deputies he heard his dog barking, a shot and then whimpering. The owner went outside and found the dog, a German Shepherd mix named Molly, lying on the front porch with a gunshot wound to her neck.
The dog, after being treated at St. Francis Animal Hospital, is back home and recovering.
Deputies were later contacted by the boy’s mother, who said her son admitted stealing a .22-caliber long rifle from a neighbor’s garage and using it to shoot the dog.
The boy was charged with larceny of a firearm, illegal possession of a rifle by a person under 18, reckless handling of a firearm and cruelty to animals. He was placed in the Rappahannock Juvenile Detention Center.
Posted by John Woestendiek January 29th, 2010 under Muttsblog.
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