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Man arrested after shooting neighbor’s dog

POSTED: October 1, 2008 5:01 a.m.

A 50-pound dog is expected to recover after being shot Thursday by his owner’s neighbor in a northwestern Forsyth subdivision.

Jonathan Hee, 51, of Green Summers Drive was arrested and charged with aggravated cruelty to animals, disorderly conduct, reckless conduct and discharging a firearm from a public road by the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office. The aggravated cruelty charge is a felony. Sheriff’s Capt. Frank Huggins said Hee was released Thursday night after posting a $3,250 bond.

According to a sheriff’s report, Hee was on a walk in the Green Summers neighborhood when Buster, a Labrador-beagle mix, ran out from his yard and approached Hee. Buster’s owner, 23-year-old Laura Hanson, chased Buster to the road and grabbed him by his harness, the report said.

Hee reportedly yelled profanities at Hanson as she approached and reportedly pulled a small-caliber handgun out of his pocket and aimed it at the dog. According to the report, as she backed away, Hanson let go of Buster and repeatedly said, "No, please don’t."

Hanson said Hee then shot Buster three times, wounding him in the neck, ear and chest. According to the report, Hee said he was defending himself from the dog.

The dog is expected to recover.



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