WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- A Wilmington woman's dog is expected to be OK after it was shot in her backyard.
Sue Cuming says she was sitting in her back yard with her three dogs when she heard a loud pop, and her dog buddy yelp in pain.
That's when she noticed blood running down his leg, and realized he was shot. But family of the alleged shooter say he was just trying to protect his family.
"That doesn't give anybody the right to shoot a dog in their own yard,” Cumin’s daughter Gywen yelled across the yard.
"But the dog tried to grab the daughter, her daughter, and he was just protecting the daughter,” Francis Thomas fired back.
"No, he didn't,” Gywen exclaimed.
Emotions erupted when we showed up outside Cuming's home on Cape Fear Boulevard in Wilmington just one day after 64-year-old Eddie Thompson police say shot Cuming's dog, buddy.
"He had all the rights in the world to shoot that dog, and I don't think there is no human in this world that wouldn't shoot a damn dog over a child,” Thompson’s nephew Francis Thompson said.
"I wanted to take them all and kill them, every one of them. Somebody do that to an animal,” Sue Cuming said.
Cuming says her dogs were just using the bathroom, but Francis Thompson says his uncle shot the dog with an airsoft rifle because it put its head underneath the fence.
"And them children were out here and he didn't know if he they were going to come and get the children. He had to do what he had to do,” Francis Thompson said.
But Sue Cuming says there were no kids in the backyard at the time, and she says Buddy is not an aggressive dog.
"They have not been aggressive to them,” Sue Cumming explained. “They have not."
And Cuming says police have the wrong man.
"It wasn't his uncle that shot him. It was the one driving the little gray car, the one they found the guns in,” she said.
Eddie Thompson is charged with animal cruelty and discharging a firearm within city limits. He is behind bars under $85,000 secured bond. But his family says that bond is too high for the crime.
"I think an 87-thousand dollar bond is too damn ridiculous,” Francis Thompson said.
The dog was taken to an animal hospital. He's expected to be okay, and should be able to go home tonight.