A Spalding County man is accused of driving to a neighbor’s house and shooting a German Shepherd twice, saying “maybe that will shut him up now,” authorities said.
Allen Cossitt Glover, 41, of Brooks, faces three charges, including a felony, after the May 9 incident, according to a Spalding County Sheriff’s Office incident report. The dog required surgery but survived the incident.
A deputy was called to the 1500 block of Line Creek Road after the dog was shot twice through a fence, the report said. The dog’s owner, a 73-year-old man, told the deputy that a man he did not know drove up to his house and shot at the fence three times.
Before fleeing the scene in a white GMC pickup truck, the suspect said he hoped the incident would quiet down the dog, according to the report.
The deputy found two 9 mm shell casings outside of the fence, while the third was found inside the fence, the report said. The dog, whose name is Lazer, suffered wounds to his mouth and rib cage.
According to a GoFundMe page, the dog had to visit two animal hospitals, and bullet fragments remain in Lazer's chest and abdominal cavity. The page, which is raising money for the dog's medical bills, added that more surgeries are possible.
Later that night, the deputy received a call that the shooting suspect might live in the 900 block of Fairview Road, the report said. The two homes are within a third of a mile of each other.
When the deputy got to the house, he noticed a white GMC Sierra was parked outside, the report said. Glover answered the door and allegedly admitted to shooting the dog.
He said he complained numerous times to the owner about the barking but nothing had been done, which was “starting to mess with his head,” according to the report.
Glover was arrested on a felony count of animal cruelty in addition to criminal trespass and reckless conduct charges, the report said. He was booked into the Spalding County jail before being released on an $11,000 bond.
Zachary Hansen, a Georgia native, covers economic development and commercial real estate for the AJC. He's been with the newspaper since 2018 and enjoys diving into complex stories that affect people's lives.