Late last week a Fallbrook man pled guilty in court to shooting a neighbor’s dog, which led to the canine having to endure the amputation of a leg.
According to Kelli Herwehe of the San Diego Humane Society, Michael O’Brien pled guilty to a felony charge of animal abuse (597 (a)) relating to an incident that occurred in April of this year during which he shot his neighbor’s nine-month-old Siberian Husky named Gunner in the leg.
“Gunner had to have his leg amputated, but he is home and doing well now,” said Herwehe, adding that the San Diego Humane Society and Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) immediately filed animal cruelty charges against O’Brien for the shooting.
Herwehe reported that as a result of the incident, O’Brien was put on three years probation, ordered to pay $4,000 in restitution and will not be permitted to own an animal for three years.
“O’Brien claimed to be irritated with the dog,” said Dr. Gary Weitzman, president/CEO of the San Diego Humane Society and SPCA. “It’s inexcusable to harm an animal for any reason, and on behalf of this community of animal lovers, we won’t tolerate it.”
Weitzman said humane officers are diligent about working in the field and “giving a voice to the defenseless.”
“Our humane officers are in the field seven days a week responding to claims of animal cruelty. The punishment for crimes against animals has become more appropriate in the past year. This is a step in the right direction, but we still have a long way to go.”
Weitzman said suspicions of animal cruelty or neglect can be submitted on the San Diego Humane Society’s website at www.sdhumane.org or by calling (619) 243-3466.