Regina Ebey’s dog, Sloopy, a Jack Russell and black lab mix, was more than a pet. Twice, she says, he saved her life — waking her up when, due to a medical condition, she stopped breathing in her sleep.
Last weekend, a neighbor shot and killed him.
The neighbor was arrested by police in Jacksonville, Fla., and charged with cruelty to animals and discharging a firearm.
News 4 in Jacksonville, which featured Sloopy in a February 2011 report, said the Ebeys had just moved into a new home in Jacksonville the night before.
When officers arrived, Martin told them, “I have made the biggest mistake of my life. I have no reason for what I have done.”
Martin was booked into the Duval County jail.
Alex Ebey said her mother-in-law moved into the neighborhood to be closer to her family because of her poor health.
“She was trying to make it easier on her heart, and now she’s lived here eight hours and has a broken heart,” he said.
Posted by jwoestendiek October 19th, 2012 under Muttsblog.
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A judge in Columbus imposed a 90-day jail sentence on an Ohio firefighter who pleaded guilty to killing his dogs to avoid boarding them while he went on vacation.
David Santuomo, 43, of Columbus pleaded guilty Wednesday to two counts of animal cruelty and one count of possession of a criminal tool — a homemade silencer he used on the end of a rifle, the Associated Press reports.
Assistant Franklin County Prosecutor Heather Robinson said Santuomo shot his two mixed-breed dogs, Sloopy and Skeeter, on Dec. 3 after tying them to a pipe in his basement. He dumped the remains in a trash bin behind his firehouse, she said.
Prosecutors have said he bragged about the killings to colleagues.
Posted by jwoestendiek June 26th, 2009 under Muttsblog.
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