A Florida man is being accused of shooting and killing an 8-month old puppy while the small dog named Princess was out on a walk with its owners.
According to Davie Police, Johansen Concepcion De La Ros, 19, shot the dog using a "high powered pellet rifle with a scope" from a second floor apartment balcony Saturday.
"He took a knee, lined up the cross hairs, and took a shot killing the little dog," police wrote in a statement posted on Facebook.
Princess had belonged to an 8-year-old girl who had just moved to the area the day before. Her mother and her mother's boyfriend had been taking the dog for a walk on a path around a lake when the shooting occurred.
According to police, the couple wasn't sure what had happened when they noticed Princess was bleeding from the mouth.
“We heard the pop, but it didn’t register that someone had shot the dog,” Roshelle Pearson told the Sun Sentinel.
Pearson said she held the small dog in her arms as she lay dying. Police included a graphic image of the dog after it died on the Facebook post.
An off-duty police officer had been driving near the scene at the time and saw what happened, police said.
Police were able to track the shot to a nearby apartment building and found De La Ros and another man inside, along with scoped pellet rifle. Those who saw the shooting identified, De La Ros as the shooter, according to WPLG.
The other man in the apartment, identified in the police report as Daniel Alvarez, later told police he heard De La Ros say in Spanish "I'm going to shoot the dog," the local news station reports.
De La Ros, who told police the shooting was an accident, now faces a charge of felony cruelty to animals and is being held on a $2,500 bond at the Broward County Jail, according to WPLG.
Pearson, who had gotten the dog for her daughter in April, still hadn't told her daughter Sunday morning that the dog had died.
“Yesterday I told her someone shot her dog and they were trying to save it,” she told the Sun Sentinel. “I wanted her to sleep last night. Today I will tell her that her dog didn’t make it.”
[Photo: Davie Police Department]