A North Carolina dog is doing well only a day after being shot in the face, Fox Carolina News reported May 9.
Lewin Burrell, 70, was arrested May 8 and charged with felony animal cruelty after the May 7 shooting of a dog near Canton. He was also charged with going armed to the terror of the people, which is a misdemeanor offense. This charge stemmed from Burrell discharging a gun in close proximity to a house.
The mixed breed terrier, shot in the face, is recovering.
Burrell was taken to the Haywood County Detention Center, where he's being held on a $2,000 secured bond. He has a court date on May 28.
This is a tragedy, that someone would commit such an act on a family dog. It's just as upsetting to consider the double standards of punishment between police officers and common citizens.
If police had shot this small dog, for whatever reason, it's highly unlikely the officer involved would even get a slap on the wrist, much less be arrested and charged with felony animal cruelty.
Officers who shoot family dogs often fire their weapon in the vicinity of a house. Again, nothing is done to the officer. Even in cases where there are witnesses stating the officer was wrong in his actions, police are above the law where the shooting of family dogs is concerned.
Mr. Burrell will most likely be punished for his crime. Sadly, a police officer who does the exact same thing to a dog is immune.
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