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Man shoots dog with pellet gun, is charged with animal cruelty

A Kent man has been charged with first-degree animal cruelty after shooting his neighbor's dog in the leg.

Steven Cole shot Zeus, a Miniature Dachshund, with a pellet gun after the dog wandered into his yard on March 31.

Zeus' owner said she was in her front yard planting a tree with her children when the incident happened. She told police she heard a "pop" and Zeus yelping. When she looked over to Cole's house, she saw him inside, looking out the window and laughing.

The woman admitted to police that she and Cole had previously had dog issues.

When police questioned Cole he admitted that he owned a high-powered pellet rifle, which he said he used to shoot rabbits. He then also said that when he saw Zeus "crapping" on his property, he shot the dog. Cole said he was tired of asking Zeus' owner to keep her dog off his property.

Zeus was taken to a veterinarian who determined that his leg had been fractured from being shot.

Cole admitted that he was aiming for Zeus' body; if he had hit Zeus in the body, he could have seriously injured or killed the dog.


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