Patrick Barry: Man arrested on animal cruelty charges for dog shooting incident

BOCA RATON, Fla. - Boca Raton police have arrested a man on charges of animal cruelty after several witnesses saw the man shoot at his neighbor's dog as it was lying down in the neighbor's backyard.

According to a report from Boca Raton police, officers responded to an animal complaint at 901 N.E. Second Terrace back on May 7th. Officers met with Patrick Barry who advised them he had been walking his American bulldog when his neighbor's pit bull Alize charged at them. Barry said he was in fear for his safety so he pulled out his .38 revolver and shot the dog.

Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control officers responded and spoke with Barry and the owner of Alize. Officers noted that the dog had been shot on the underside of the tail. Alize was taken to a veterinarian for treatment and the vet noted that due to where the injury was on the dog's body, it appeared to have happened while the dog was lying down or walking away and not lunging at Barry.

Detectives spoke with several witnesses who say they saw Barry walk alone from his home to his neighbor's home and shoot Alize as she was lying down.

Barry faces felony cruelty to animals, filing a false report of a crime, and discharging a firearm in public. He was transported to the Palm Beach County Jail on July 8th.

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