PHOENIX – For some time, two neighbors had been having issues over
one of their dog’s barking. According to the police, one of the
men decided to shoot his neighbor’s dog with a pellet gun, an incident
which ultimately led to his arrest.
It all unfolded one day in December; the dog’s owner was in his backyard
when he heard a pellet gun being shot from what sounded like his neighbor’s home.
According to reports, the victim’s Rottweiler wasn’t barking
at the time of the shooting. Instead, he had been sitting quietly on top
of a covered outdoor pool table before he was shot. When the neighbor
fired the pellet gun, he yelped in pain and jumped off the pool table.
The dog’s owner saw his neighbor, J. Thomas Schneider, 35, duck down
from the second-story window of his home and then shut it. Schneider then
exited his home, got into his vehicle and drove off.
The victim decided to take his dog to the vet to get checked out. The vet
confirmed that the dog was in fact shot with a pellet gun. The dog was
shot in the shoulder and a pellet was embedded deep in his flesh. Another
pellet was found in the Rottweiler’s neck.
According to the victim, he and Schneider have been arguing over his dog’s
barking. He said that previously, Schneider threw small, but loud fireworks
at his dog and house, and he blasted an air horn over the fence that separates
their two homes.
The victim had evidence against his neighbor. He was able to provide police
with a video of his dog being shot and an expended cardboard fireworks case.
On Tuesday, Jan. 19, the police served a search warrant on the suspect’s
home, but they found much more than they bargained for. The search uncovered
mushrooms, Xanax (which Snyder said he had a prescription for), evidence
of heroin use, drug paraphernalia, and a large bag of firecrackers.
Not only is Schneider facing charges for inflicting physical injury upon
an animal, he faces several drug charges, some of which are dangerous
drug violations, CBS 5 reports.
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