Sheriff: Florida woman shot dogs in the legs with BB gun
A Florida woman is accused of shooting her dogs multiple times with a BB gun to stop them escaping from her yard, sheriff’s officials said.
The 37-year-old woman was arrested on Tuesday for aggravated animal cruelty, Hernando County Sheriff’s officials said in a Facebook post.
An animal enforcement assistant attended the woman’s home in April to investigate a call about someone shooting a dog at a Spring Hill home, officials said. A witness told the MP he heard a BB gun fired about 15 times. She denied having a BB gun when spoken to by deputies and also said she had no dog vaccination records.
Deputies noticed that three of his dogs were limping and had various injuries, including scars on their legs and feet, according to the report.
The woman said the dogs fought with each other and she had to force them to stop, according to the report.
She received a warning and was ordered to have the dogs vaccinated within 10 days.
A deputy returned to the property the next day and found dogs with fresh wounds, officials said. As they continued to monitor her, the woman told investigators she did not have the money to take the dogs to a vet.
She inquired about the county’s surrender policy and two days later donated two of the dogs to Hernando County Animal Services. An examination found 173 projectiles in their legs and paws, according to the report.
Investigators found she had used a gas-powered BB gun to shoot the dogs when they tried to dig under a fence to get out of the yard, according to the report. Three cats, a ferret and a bird were also taken from the woman; the report does not list their condition.