A Montgomery County, Texas, man was jailed and is facing a felony animal cruelty charge after he admitted to shooting his neighbor’s dog, Luna, because she had pooped in his yard. According to the Houston Chronicle, 76-year-old Rolf Meier was arrested on May 7 for the fatal shooting, which happened in March.
Meier told a responding deputy that he was tired of cleaning up Luna’s feces from his yard, and he denied ever feeling threatened by the Labrador retriever. The dog, who lived next door to Meier, died approximately 10 minutes after being shot with a Gamo .177 air rifle. Her owners said that Luna was “weaving side to side” after being shot, and stated that she was making “gurgling sounds.”
Luna’s owners tried to get their dog to a veterinarian for care, but she died on the way. A necropsy on her body revealed that she had died from “metallic air gun pellets perforating her right lung.”
Meier is facing a third-degree felony for the March 10 incident; he is currently free on bond.
(Booking photo via Houston Chronicle)
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