According to the media release by the Greenville, North Carolina Police Department, Devon Smith was arrested on Sunday and faces charges of felony animal cruelty for shooting a dog in the head and chest and for discharging a fire arm within city limits.
Authorities were called to Fire Tower Road at the Sterling Pointe subdivision after a witness called the police about a dog being shot. The female brindle and white boxer mix was wearing a collar, but had no identification on her; she had been shot in the head and chest and had been having seizures and suffering from severe blood loss.
Greenville Police Animal Control rushed the dog to a nearby veterinarian where her injuries were gauged to be too severe; the dog was humanely euthanized.
Witnesses stated the dog was friendly and for most of the afternoon had been happily playing with the neighborhood children; no one had seen any signs of aggression from the dog. When authorities asked Smith, 27, why he shot the dog, he told police he was trying to park his car in his parking spot, and when the dog wouldn't move, he shot her twice with a 9 mm pistol.
Smith made no attempts to call 911. He is currently being held in the Pitt County Detention Center in lieu of $26,000 bond.
Police have not found the dog's owner yet, and if anyone could help to identify this dog, please call the Greenville Police Department at 252.329.4300.
Rest in peace poor dog.
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