Puppy dead after owner ‘accidentally’ fired shots

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A six-month-old puppy is dead after his owner claims to have accidentally shot him while trying to kill a chipmunk. According to Monday’s WLBZ 2 News, Shawn Wilkie, of Bristol, Maine, initially claimed that he heard shots from outside of his home on Old County Road before finding his fox terrier dead.

Wilkie’s story, which alluded to someone else killing his pet, later fell apart when investigators determined that the puppy died from a .177-caliber pellet, which came from the same type of gun that Wilkie owned. Upon questioning, Wilkie eventually explained to the authorities that he had been shooting at a chipmunk when he accidentally shot his own puppy, who was outside on a tether.

Wilkie’s “accident” resulted in his arrest on Saturday evening – he is facing a charge of Aggravated Cruelty to Animals WGME News reports.

(Booking photo of Shawn Wilkie)

5 replies
  1. Penny's Dachshund says:

    I most certainly have a problem of REALLY believing this was an accident!!! I hope the authorities follow thru and deal with this individual

  2. Barkley's Mom says:

    Do we really believe he was shooting at chipmunks and hit his dog by mistake? More than likely, he was shooting at the poor pup to see how fast it could run for fun or the dog had done something that made him mad. Then when he shot it, he left it to bleed to death. The lying POS, I hope he rots in jail.


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