The teenage owner of a young dog told a Missouri deputy he “didn’t have no time for the vet” so he shot his dog in the head and left her lying in the dirt to die. On Wednesday, Harley Mobley was arrested.
According to a news release from the Saline County Sheriff’s Office, Harley Mobley, 18, faces felony animal abuse charges.
“On October 16, the Saline County Sheriff’s Office took a report of animal abuse from Unleashed Pet Rescue regarding a female pit bull who was found in the area of Highway 240 and Ben Garth Road, just outside the city of Slater. The dog had suffered injuries to the head from a gunshot. It was reported representatives of the Slater animal pound had found the dog wounded on October 9 and it was picked up by the rescue organization on October 12 for additional treatment.
As a result of the investigation, Slater resident Harley Mobley has been charged with the Class E Felony of Animal Abuse. Bond is set a $7,500 cash only.”
The rescue group, located in Mission, Kansas, has been caring for the dog now named Gloria. She had been shot “point blank” in the side of her face, and the spray of gunshot pellets entered one side of her face and exited out the other. She also had pellets in her abdomen.
Gloria has since been recovering from surgery and will require more operations, however the group is optimistic the sweet dog will be available for adoption soon.
As for Mobley’s reasons for shooting his dog, he originally told deputies he had given the dog away because “he had a puppy and Gloria (dog’s name was Zara at that time) and Zara played too rough. Mobley’s story later changed:
“I shot Zara because she was attacking my dog and I thought she was showing early signs of Rabies. So I thought I’d put her down but I guess I didn’t and didn’t have no time for the vet that morning.”
That’s when Mobley took Zara to a gravel road and shot her with a borrowed gun.
(Photos of Gloria and “no time for the vet” photo via Unleashed Pet Rescue)
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