A disturbing video posted online shows a man in northern Georgia shooting a dog with a pistol as the pup laid on the ground wagging her tail. The incident was recorded by cell phone and posted to Facebook on Wednesday. On Friday, the video was turned over to law enforcement.
According to Wrcbtv, the man seen in the video shot the dog five times, but has since insisted he does not like to kill things, and the real story was that the dog had been suffering from parvo virus. According to the shooter, the owner of the dog had called him and asked him to put her dog down. He stated he had no idea he was being recorded.
“It was my first time doing it and I didn’t know a perfect way,” the shooter stated. “I tried my best and I messed up and that’s on me. I mean, I was just trying to do the humane and right thing. I am not doing this for fun.”
“5shots &he still waging his tail while I was digging the hole I wish it was me — — the world,” he wrote, later explaining that the dog had been sick and he wanted to “stop the suffering.”
“but after5bullets that dog bleed to death while I was digging it’s grave,” Tipton wrote.
Chief Deputy Jimmy Davenport most likely will press charges against the two men – the person who shot the dog and the person who recorded the video. Davenport says the person who shot the video, Jeremy Tipton, is one of the suspects; the other person’s identity has not been confirmed.
“You can tell from the video this dog was suffering. Unfortunately, he felt all of that pain.” Bob Citrullo, Executive Director for the Humane Educational Society of Hamilton County says they provide low-cost euthanasia. Shooting a dog to end its life is cruel.”
For $25. the dog could have humanely been put to sleep instead of suffering as shown in the video.
The Murray County Animal Shelter Community Information posted the following message regarding this terrible situation:
“We are aware and sickened by the Facebook video that has surfaced of the man shooting a dog. We take any cruel action made toward the animals in this county very seriously.
With that being said this case has been turned over to the Murray County Sheriff’s Office for investigation. Please give the Detectives time to investigate the matter and trust that they will take the appropriate action.
We will update as we are given any information that can be made public.
~Lisa Green, Director
Murray County Animal Control”
Cruelty to animals is a misdemeanor in Georgia. If convicted, defendants must pay a fine not to exceed $1,000 and/or serve up to 12 months in jail.
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