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NC soldier charged with shooting neighbor's dog

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FAYETTEVILLE -- Police say a Special Forces soldier has been charged with two misdemeanors after his neighbor's pet dog was shot to death in their Fayetteville neighborhood. The Fayetteville Observer reported Thursday that police said 22-year-old Staff Sgt. Sasha Lee was charged Wednesday night with animal cruelty and discharging a firearm in the city. Police Lt. David Sportsman said Lee told officers that the dog, Tater, came into his yard and growled at him and he felt threatened. Sportsman said Lee told police he went in his house and came outside with a gun. Sportsman said Lee was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group at Fort Bragg. Lee didn't have to post bond because the charges were misdemeanors. Information from: The Fayetteville Observer, http://www.fayobserver.com (Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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Two idiots kill dog

Yes, the owner was irresponsible for not controlling his pet. The simple fact that the soldier had time to go into his house and retrieve a firearm was proof that he had escaped any immediate danger and there was no need to shoot the dog AT THAT TIME. Sure....he might have had to defend himself if the animal continued to threaten him or his family after he spoke with the owner or animal control, but the fact that he was safe inside the house shows that he had several other options that should have been explored first. The dog deserved better treatment from both of them.

so negative

I am not going to say that soldiers always make the right call in every situation, but no one has questioned why the dog was in another person's yard, whether the animal and neighbor have a past history of issues, or any other circumstances that are not reported in such a short article. How about not just leaping to judgement, and giving someone the benefit of the doubt. Was it the appropriate response, not likely, but we don't know the whole deal. I am an advocate for animal rights, but I am also an advocate of people being responsible for their animals. Including keeping them on their own property and appropriate socialization so such tragedies don't happen.

Senselessly shooting someone's pet-a misdemeanor?

You've got to be kidding me! The senseless and cruel shooting of someone's pet should be more than a misdemeanor. We need to stop labeling every crime done to an animal as "animal cruelty". As I understand it, animals are considered as property. If they have to be called property, let's call them "live property". That way, the next time a person wrongly shoots another persons pet, the offender could be charged with either "intentional or unintentional damage(loss) of live property. The possible punishments? Pay the owner what the animal was worth or having to get them another pet and a stiff jail sentence.

Laws are too lenient for cruelty to animals!

A SOLDIER of all people, should know better, and should be held accountable by his chain of command for discharging his weapon off post. If threatened by a dog of all things, use common sense, go inside, call the police, call animal control, call your neighbor, but for heaven's sake to take the life of any person's animal is beyond ALL reason and certainly questions that person's sanity! If that soldier had time to go in his house to get his weapon, then his life wasn't threatened. Since he was able to get away, he took a life of someone's pet and he is barely being held accountable for it. TWO MISDEMEANORS????? REALLY?????? No wonder why soldiers are getting away with killing their pregnant girlfriends...

Accountable

How about holding the person whose animal was running loose accountable.