A Forsyth County man accused of shooting and killing his neighbor’s dog from the deck of his home has been indicted on one count of aggravated cruelty to animals.
Deputies said Carlos Gilberto Garcia-Lopez, 50, shot his neighbors’ miniature pinscher with a pellet gun while the couple was out for a Friday evening dinner.
They returned to their Cumming home about 10 p.m. to find their 4-year-old dog, Sonny, on the floor upstairs in a pool of blood, authorities said.
According to a Forsyth County sheriff’s report, the dog’s owner noticed it had a small wound on its front right shoulder. The next morning, he decided to take the dog’s body to a veterinary clinic for a postmortem X-ray. The images showed a bullet lodged inside the dog’s body.
The man told deputies he didn’t have any problems with his neighbors and didn’t know who would want to hurt his dog. He showed a deputy a trail of blood that ran from the backyard, through a dog door and into the house where the dog was found dead.
Investigators believe the animal was shot from the deck of the adjacent house.
When asked whether he owned firearms, Garcia-Lopez told deputies he had several, including two Glocks, a shotgun, a rifle and a pellet gun. He said his wife and two children, ages 19 and 15, also had access to the guns, according to the police report.
Garcia-Lopez was arrested after confessing to shooting the dog with the pellet gun, explaining to deputies that he had problems with dogs coming into his yard, according to the report.
He was released from the Forsyth County jail the following day after posting a $5,610 bond, records show.
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