In Gainesville, Georgia, a 10-pound Chihuahua was shot in the front right leg with an air rifle after a man said he was protecting his own small dog from recent attacks. Pedro Javier Gallegos-Franco, 37, faces animal cruelty charges after admitting to shooting the pint sized pooch on Monday at the trailer park community on Casper Drive where he lives.
According to AJCNews, Franco just wanted to scare the dog. The ferocious Chihuahua had allegedly been terrorizing Franco’s little Shih Tzu named Toby including nipping off a piece of his dog’s ear.
After the Chihuahua’s owner called authorities, Franco was arrested and charged with reckless conduct and animal cruelty. He is expected in court next Wednesday. Franco has since admitted he felt terrible at what happened, but he said the offending dog wouldn’t stop hurting his dog.
The Chi has been treated and is expected to make a full recovery. Come on men – these are pint-sized pooches; you are grown men! Surely you can act like adults and just keep the dogs separated.
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(Photo of Franco courtesy of Hall County Sheriff’s Office)