Pasadena man charged with animal cruelty in dog shooting

A 33-year-old Pasadena man was arrested this weekend in the fatal shooting of a small dog that he and his girlfriend had recently adopted, according to Anne Arundel County Police.

Clint Matthew Mowry, of the 700 block of 224th St., was taken into custody and charged with animal cruelty and reckless endangerment after officers responded to the home for a report of shots fired about 9:22 p.m. Saturday, police said.

The dog, described as a small 8-year-old Yorkshire Terrier mixed breed, was found in the home dead from an apparent gunshot wound, police said.

Mowry's girlfriend, who called police, told the responding officers that she and Mowry had recently adopted the dog, police said. When the dog nipped at Mowry's toes, "he became enraged and retrieved a handgun," police said.

The girlfriend tried to leave the home with the dog, but Mowry allegedly chased the dog into kitchen and shot it, police said.

Mowry does not otherwise have a criminal record in Maryland, according to online court records.

Lt. T.J. Smith, a police spokesman, said police had not been previously called to the home for the dog. The dog was not adopted from a county facility, he said.

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