Residents in a Canyon Lake, California, neighborhood are outraged after a family’s small dog was shot in his owner’s backyard. According to KTLA News, the Yorkshire terrier, named “Deuce,” sustained injuries on Saturday night which proved to be fatal.
Deuce belonged to the Kerker family, who suspects that one of their neighbors is behind the cruel act. The family is not alone – their neighbors believe that a man who has complained about Deuce’s barking in the past is behind the shooting and they have shown up outside of the resident’s house to protest the shooting. The accused neighbor, who has not been named, told a KTLA News crew:
I don’t put dogs above people, I put people above dogs. If a dog is excessively barking it has to be dealt with, one way or the other.”
Without hard evidence, the authorities have stated that proving the man’s guilt will be difficult – if an investigation does reveal that he is responsible for the small dog’s death, he could face a penal code violation for “maliciously and intentionally” maiming, wounding or killing an animal.
(Photos screenshots via KTLA News)