In Dade City, Florida an intoxicated man was arrested after authorities claim he shot at a neighbor’s dog at least nine times for wandering into his yard earlier this week. The dog survived, and on Friday, Terry Lee Parrish was charged with felony animal cruelty.
According to the Tampa Bay Times, the disturbing incident took place at Parrish’s home located on Orange Belt Drive in Blanton. The dog, named Brisco, escaped from his own yard and roamed into Parrish’s yard – next door. Parrish spotted the dog and yelled at it, but moments later came out of the house with a .22 caliber rifle and fired multiple shots causing “traumatic injuries” to the dog. Parrish told deputies from the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office, the dog had been aggressive leading him to shoot in self-defense.
A neighbor, however had a different version of the story and stated Parrish was overtly inebriated, the dog posed no aggressive behavior as he casually wandered into the man’s yard, and that Parrish fired more than 10 times “continued following and shooting as it limped away severely injured.” Children in a nearby yard were present when the shots were fired.
A subsequent investigation and report from the veterinarian treating Brisco stated the number of gun shot wounds striking the dog in the side were “inconsistent with an attack.” Parrish has since told deputies the dog never threatened him.
As of Saturday, Parrish remained in the Pasco County Jail in lieu of a $5,000 bond. The family has incurred more than $2,000 in medical bills for their dog; Brisco is expected to recover. Now that’s a spunky pooch.
Get well soon Brisco.
(Photo of intoxicated man via Pasco County Sheriff’s Office)
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