A Washington man is facing a charge of felony animal cruelty for fatally shooting a dog who had gotten loose from a child who was walking him on Wednesday, January 12. According to multiple sources, an 11-year-old girl was walking her dog, Tyson, when she tripped and lost control of the leash. Her dog, a boxer, ran towards Curtis Madden’s Labrador retriever, Max.
As the girl called for Tyson to come back to her, Madden pulled a gun and shot the dog. Tyson was “whining and limping” while circling the girl when Madden fired again, killing the five-year-old dog, reports the Seattle Times.
According to a Des Moines Police report, Madden was just eight feet away from the girl when he opened fire, and the child told the authorities that she was afraid she was going to be hit. The child said that she heard Madden say “Die, (expletive) dog,” when he fired the fatal shot, reports KIRO News.
When questioned, Madden did not express remorse for killing the girl’s dog and witnesses said that Tyson never attacked the other dog, and there was “significant” space between them. Madden allegedly boasted about killing the child’s dog after Tyson died.
Madden is due in court on January 27 for charges of animal cruelty in the first degree and reckless endangerment.
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