Yet another “responsible gun owner” thought it would be a great idea to get drunk, pull out a gun and start shooting in a booze-fueled rage. This time, a Pittsburgh man was apparently trying to shoot his girlfriend, but it was his dog that ended up being shot.
According to police, a 43-year-old woman called 911 and reported that Thomas Callen Jr., 59, had tried to shoot her. When police responded she was obviously intoxicated but was able to tell the officers what happened.
The woman, who was not identified, explained that she was Callen’s girlfriend. They had been living together in his home for about a month, but she had left him two days ago because “he didn’t know what he has.”
For some unknown reason, she had decided to get back together with him on Monday and the two had then gone out drinking. When they got home, the woman went to bed. Callen’s dog followed her into the bedroom and climbed on the bed with her, resting his furry head on hers.
Callen then walked into the bedroom, and the dog growled at him. At this point, the drunken man became infuriated.
He pulled out a pistol, yelled “I’ll kill you,” and fired a single shot at the bed. The bullet struck the dog in the head and he began bleeding profusely.
After placing the dog in its cage, she asked Callen why he had fired his gun. “I meant it for you,” he replied.
The woman told police he pulled the trigger a second time, but luckily the gun didn’t go off. She was able to escape to a neighbor’s house and call for help.
Callen was arrested and faces attempted homicide, animal cruelty and other charges for a domestic violence. He is currently being held on a $20,000 bond.
Trooper Eric Mauer, the investigating officer, said he did not know how badly the dog was wounded, but he did say it was alive when he left the house. According to Mauer, the dog had been shot in the mouth and by the time he arrived the bleeding had already stopped. He also said the victim was planning to take dog, whose breed is unknown, to a veterinarian for treatment.
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