Boy Steals Gun, Shoots Dog for Barking

11-year-old confessed to mom

By Michelle Tetu
|  Thursday, Jan 28, 2010  |  Updated 4:55 PM EDT
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Boy Steals Gun, Shoots Dog for Barking

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A Spotsylvania County sheriiff's deputy patrols a neighborhood where a boy allegedly shot a dog.

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An 11-year-old boy from Spotsylvania County, Va., is in juvenile lockup after allegedly shooting a neighbor's dog because it barked too much, according to police.

The Spotsylvania County Sheriff's Office and Animal Control went to a house in the 13000 block of Mullins Court on Monday in response to reports that a dog had been shot.  When they arrived,  they found Molly, a German shepherd mix, lying on the porch.  She had been shot in the neck. Her owner said he found her like that after hearing the gunshot.  

Police canvassed the neighborhood looking for anyone who might have seen what happened.  A short while later, the boy's mother called police to say she found a .22 caliber rifle in her son's possession and that he admitted to her that he shot the dog, according to the police report.  He also confessed to stealing the gun from a neighbor, the report said.  He was arrested and taken to juvenile detention.

Veterinarians at St. Francis Animal Hospital treated Molly and sent her home to recover. She's expected to be OK.

The boy, who is not being identified, faces animal cruelty charges and several weapons charges. He could spend the next 10 years in juvenile detention.

Police said they have not had any complaints about a barking dog at the home before this incident. 

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