In Deland, Florida, a 49-year-old man was arrested on Sunday and charged with animal cruelty and child abuse after allegedly killing two of his fiancee’s dogs.
According to the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office press release, a 16-year-old boy told his mother that Petty had been in an argument with his fiancee and loaded up two of her dogs – a female Catahoula mix and a male Dachshund) and drove them to a wooded area. There he pulled out a revolver and shot the female dog in the head. He then handed the gun to the teen and told him to shoot the other dog.
The teen refused to shoot the dog and shot into the ground at which point Petty grabbed the revolver and shot and killed the other dog. He then tossed both dogs into the woods.
Deputies retrieved the dogs and consulted with Volusia County Animal Services officers, who took custody of both deceased animals. The owner of the dogs confirmed both dogs had been healthy prior to Petty shooting them.
Petty was charged with two counts of felony cruelty to animals, two counts of unlawful disposal of a dead domestic animal, child abuse and carrying a concealed weapon in the commission of a felony.
Please report animal cruelty to the Sheriff’s Office at 386-248-1777 or 911 in an emergency, or contact Volusia County Animal Services directly at 386-248-1790.
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