Man Arrested For Shooting Dog

Greenville Police say they've arrested a man for shooting a dog Sunday afternoon.

Officers showed up to the Sterling Pointe Subdivision around 2:30 in the afternoon after neighbors called to tell them a boxer-mix dog had been shot.

According to police, Devon Smith, 27, told officers that the dog came up to his car as he was parking. Smith told police when the dog didn't leave he got out of his car and shot it in the head and chest with a 9mm pistol. Police say he made no attempt to alert them.

Witnesses said the dog did not show any signs of aggression and had been playing with neighborhood kids. After attempts to save the dog on the scene, she was rushed to the hospital where the veterinarian and animal control officers decided to euthanize the dog.

Smith is charged with animal cruelty and discharging a firearm within city limits. He is being held in the Pitt County Detention Center under a $26,000 bond.

An owner for the female brindle and white boxer mix has not come forward. She was wearing a collar, but no tags. She was also not micro-chipped.

Call (252) 329-4300 if you have information that could help police.