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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.


Comment from RespectNeighbors
Time December 6, 2012 at 2:40 pm

Cruelty to animals is horrible, no excuse.
And the dog owner is as morally responsible as the 11 year old.
Owner recklessly allowed dog to drive neighbors to the edge.
Now a child has had his life ruined needlessly, an animal has suffered needlessly, and the dog owner in all likelihood is playing poor-me-gimme-sympathy.

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