HAYWOOD, N.C. – A North Carolina landlord is accused of shooting one of his tenant’s dogs multiple times, severely injuring the pet.
WLOS-TV reported that Lewin Devoe Burrell, 70, of Canton, allegedly fired the gunshots from a car after the dog wandered about a half mile from its home.
A witness said she saw the suspect fire multiple gunshots at Romeo, a mixed terrier.
The shooting happened Wednesday and the animal was still alive on Thursday, according to the Asheville Citizen-Times.
Jacob Woods, Romeo’s owner, reportedly found his dog severely bleeding at his home. Romeo was rushed to the vet after going into shock.
The landlord reportedly didn’t want the dog in the house, but never made any threats he would harm the dog.
Veterinarian David Mckracken said the dog is lucky to have survived. Dr. Mckracken removed schrapnel, and did oral surgery on the Romeo.
“The damage was enough to shatter and completely blow out four teeth from the dog’s mouth,” says McKracken.
The dog’s owner said his dog would never do anything to provoke a shooting.
“He’s never bitten anyone, doesn’t bark at anyone. He was just the nicest little puppy,” Woods said.
The suspect was charged with felony cruelty to animals and misdemeanor going armed to the terror of the people. He was jailed in lieu of $2,000 secured bond and has court planned for May 28.