HOUSTON – An elderly man who said he was fed up with a dog pooping on his lawn shot the animal, according to Houston police.
Joe Richard, 80, was charged with cruelty to animals.
Richard shot the dog on March 24 around 10:30 a.m. because he was annoyed that the dog would not stay off his lawn, police said.
The small dog named Betsy was taken to a veterinary clinic for treatment. She can't walk because of her injuries but she is expected to survive.
Her owner said Betsy wasn't on the neighbor's lawn. She claims Richard just doesn't like dogs.
Richard’s bail was set at $2,000.