GREENVILLE, N.C. — Police have arrested a man they say shot a dog that approached him while he was trying to park his car, WCTI reports.
Around 2:30 p.m. Sunday, 27-year-old Devon Smith allegedly shot a female boxer that approached him when he was trying to park his car. When the dog didn’t move, he reportedly pulled out a 9mm pistol and shot it in the head and chest.
Police tell WCTI the suspect made no attempt to call 911 and the dog was not showing any signs of aggression prior to Smith shooting it.
Witnesses say the dog had been playing with neighborhood children for most of the afternoon.
Officers and neighbors tried to help the dog, but it had to be euthanized due to its injuries.
Smith was charged with felony animal cruelty and discharging a firearm within city limits. He was placed in the Pitt County Detention Center under a $26,000 bond.