Intoxicated man shoots neighbor’s dog 9 times in front of young children

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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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  1. Good, the drunk could of very easily killed this poor dog or one of the neighbor kids who unfortunately had to witness this heinous crime to a innocent animal. Take this idiots guns, fine him, pay back Briscos family for medical treatment + and put him in jail for 5 years. Oh and ban him from ever owning a animal for life!

  2. How can you continue to live next to someone who shoots your dog? What will the police do to prevent this man from shooting anything again?

  3. Filthy, drunken POS! NO ONE does anything drunk they wouldn’t do sober! He’s a vicious bastard in any case, and alcohol is only an excuse for what he did. The fact that he did it without killing Brisco is probably the only thing that can be blamed on alcohol, even his total disregard for the children there.

    I hope they lock him up and throw away the key.

  4. I’m so glad brisco will be alright. we as animal owners have to be so careful about keeping our dogs away from these people.

  5. OMG Again with the lies and BULL “dog was aggressive” im so sick of hearing these lies to justify there barbaric abuse…this POS got drunk and went after an innocent animal who couldn’t shoot back! so F what the dog was on your property (if that’s even true) get the owners NOT A GUN!!!! this creep needs to be jailed and pay for all the vet bills for Brisco…Prayers for this angel

  6. Terry Lee Parish, town drunk, who shoots innocent animals because he has a gun – this asshole should never be allowed anywhere near a weapon ever again. He should be held responsible for all of Brisco’s medical bills – be forced to go through the DT’s – and sit his nasty ass in jail for five years. Total waste of flesh and bone.


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