Prosecutors say a Kent man intentionally shot his neighbor’s 7-pound Miniature Daschund after the dog defecated in his yard.
According to court documents, Steven Cole, 49, fired a high-powered pellet rifle from his front window on March 31, breaking Zeus’ right front leg. Cole allegedly admitted to a King County sheriff’s deputy that he owned the rifle with scope, which he used to shoot rabbits on his property.
Cole said he saw the dog “crapping” on his property and admitted to aiming at the dog’s body when he shot it, according to the probable cause statement.
Zeus’ owner, Carrie Hamilton, told the deputy she saw the dog headed towards Cole's property and called him back. She said she turned away for a moment, then heard a "pop," then Zeus yelping. She told the deputy she then saw Cole in the front window, laughing after the shooting.
X-rays show Zeus’ leg was fractured in several places.
Hamilton admitted she and Cole had issues in the past regarding her dogs. Court documents indicate a complaint was made last summer about Hamilton’s German Shepherd trespassing and threatening Lisa Cole.
First degree animal cruelty is a Class C felony, which is punishable by five years in prison, a $10,000 fine or both if convicted. Cole could also be banned from owning animals.