GREENVILLE, PITT COUNTY - Greenville Police have arrested a man who they say shot a dog who approached him while he was trying to park his car.
Around 2:30 p.m. in the Sterling Pointe subdivision in Greenville, 27-year-old Devon Smith shot a female boxer mix, according to police.
They say the suspect told officers the dog approached him while he was trying to park his vehicle, and when she didn't move, he allegedly pulled out a 9mm pistol and shot her in the head and chest.
Police say the suspect made no attempt to call 911, and that the dog didn't show any signs of aggression. Witnesses say the dog had been playing with neighborhood children for most of the afternoon.
Police say neighbors tried to attend to the dog, but that she was having seizures and had lost a massive amount of blood. Officers and neighbors tried to help the dog on the scene before rushing her to a veterinarian. Police say the veterinarian discovered that the bullets had also broken the dog's jaw and crushed its front leg. The veterinarian and animal control officers decided to euthanize the dog.
The suspect, Devon Smith, has been charged with Felony Animal Cruelty and Discharging a Firearm Within City Limits. He was booked in the Pitt County Detention Center under a $26,000 bond.
Animal Control officers are still trying to find the dog's owner. She was a female, brindle and white boxer mix, approximately 5 years old. Police say she was wearing a collar but was not wearing tags and was not micro-chipped. Anyone with information about the dog's owner is asked to call the Greenville Police Department.