When you shoot a neighbor's noisy dog, make sure you shoot the correct one

David William Latham, from Bellingham, Washington State, is facing up to five years in jail after mistakenly shooting his neighbor’s dog to death.

    2014/09/22

NSFW    Gun Crazy

David William Latham, a ‘prominent’ local banker from a suburb of Bellingham, Washington State, is in hot water and facing possible jail time after he mistakenly shot and killed a neighbor’s dog last week.

Around 7.20 p.m. on September 13 Williams, who was intoxicated at the time, according to police, became annoyed with the constant barking of a neighbor’s dog.

So he grabbed a rifle and walked over to the residence of Cary Chunyk and Loyce Williams and pumped a bullet into the couple’s Corgi Molly, before turning around and walking away as if nothing had happened.

Latham was later arrested and a police search of his home turned up nine guns. He was charged with first degree animal cruelty, a class C felony, as well as misdemeanor charges of brandishing a weapon and second-degree criminal trespassing. He faces a sentence of up to 5 years.

In a court appearance last week, Latham pleaded not guilty and said that the gun he used was in fact a pellet gun.

Dog owners from across the states, meanwhile, have rallied around after hearing about the incident. They have set up a FACEBOOK page called “Justice for Molly the Corgi” that has more than 10,000 likes. The page calls for the maximum sentence for Latham.

While a family from New Hampshire whose Corgi just had a litter is offering to drive across country to deliver a replacement dog.
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