A Commerce man faces a charge of animal cruelty after he allegedly shot his dog “at least three times” with a BB gun as a means of getting the dog to come to him.
Andrew George Levigne, 37, of 449 Shankle Road, seemed surprised when police showed up at his residence because of complaints about someone shooting at a dog.
According to the incident report, when an officer asked Levigne if he’d noticed a dog being shot with a BB gun, Levigne became agitated.
“What? Is it against the law to shoot at a dog with a BB gun?” he responded.
The officer asked if Levigne had shot at the dog.
“Yeah, I shot around the dog, but I didn’t shoot it,” he replied, according to the officer’s written narrative. Levigne complained that the dog always runs from him and he shot around it to get it to comply. He said the city’s animal control officer had warned him about allowing the dog to run loose.
The animal control officer arrived. He found the dog bleeding from its tail and hind legs, so he took it to Commerce Animal Hospital.
Meanwhile, in the house police noted blood all over the kitchen cabinets, floor and refrigerator. In the garage, they found a loaded air pistol.
The veterinarian confirmed that the animal had been shot “at least three times.”
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