Man Pleads Guilty to Shooting Neighbor’s Dog

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    San Diego Humane Society
    Gunner was shot in the leg by Michael O'Brien. The dog's leg had to be amputated as a result of the gunshot wound.

    A Fallbrook resident has pleaded guilty to felony charges of animal abuse for shooting his neighbor’s dog in the leg, officials from the San Diego Humane Society said Friday.

    According to investigators, Michael O’Brien shot his neighbor’s 9-month-old Siberian Husky, Gunner, in the leg after allegedly becoming irritated with the dog.

    Gunner had to have his leg amputated as a result of the gunshot wound.

    The San Diego Humane Society and SPCA filed animal cruelty charges against O’Brien for the shooting.

    Now that he’s pleaded guilty, O’Brien will receive three years of probation and must pay $4,400 in restitution. He’s also not allowed to own an animal for three years.

    Any cases or suspicions of animal cruelty or neglect can be submitted to the San Diego Humane Society through their website or by calling (619) 243-3466.