This is why you don't drink with a loaded gun.
Utah town councilman Rick E. Wilberg was arrested in connection with cruelty to animals and intoxication after he allegedly shot the neighbor's puppy with a .22-caliber rifle while he had been drinking.
Why? Was the dog peeing on his rare oil pantings, or chewing on his new fence, or threatening his cat? Nope, Wilberg told police that he shot the dog because 'he had been sick of listening to the dog bark.'
The chihuahua, Rocky, belonged to Peggy Redmiles, whose three-quarter acre lot shares a fence line with Wilberg’s property.
She found the nine-month-old pup dead in her Tabiona bac yard after she had left the house for a short period to collect fence supplies.
Mrs. Redmiles said her son heard what he thought sounded like firecrackers and when he walked outside, the puppy was dead from a single gunshot.
She told the Salt Lake Tribune:
"I am terrified. I am angry. He was like my baby. I am so scared to let my other dogs go in the backyard, and the only thing that was separating my yard from my neighbours with small children was a chain-link fence. He executed a puppy.
We can only imagine that barking won't be the worst sound Mr. Wilberg will hear in prison.
[Image via thepetscentral.com.]