Tacoma man accused of shooting disobedient dog

Staff writerSeptember 3, 2013 

When Tacoma police arrived, the man was holding a .22-caliber pistol and his dog was bleeding.

Several neighbors in the Cherry Creek apartments in the 2300 block of South 96th Street called 911 about 12:25 a.m. to report hearing gunshots. Police spokeswoman Loretta Cool said officers used a Taser gun on the man because he did not immediately obey their commands.

He later told police he didn’t mean to shoot his dog, a Boxer, in the right hip. Witnesses said the man spent the day drinking and became angry when the dog wouldn’t listen to him. He allegedly took the dog outside on the patio, told the dog to sit down and fired at least two shots.

The man was booked into Pierce County Jail on suspicion of animal cruelty, animal assault, reckless endangerment and discharging a firearm. The dog's condition was not immediately known.

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