A Pasco County man faces animal cruelty charges after investigators say he admitted to shooting and killing a neighbor's dog.
According to a complaint filed with the Pasco County Sheriff's Office, on February 28th, 55-year-old Hugh Schnacky lowered his .22 on the chocolate lab named "Hunter."
Schnacky told deputies he shot the dog for walking on his property, according to the complaint, which goes on to say that the dog was 15 feet from the street and 145 feet from the gate in front of Schnacky's residence.
The Patsches say witnesses told them what happened, and they say they didn't even realize the dog got out.
Sam's father, Randall, says he went over to Schnacky's home.
"The guy had dumped him in the back of his pickup and brought him down the road to the dumpster and apparently trash picked him up. I never had a body to bury," Randall Patsches said. "I never saw him again."
Neighbors say they're most upset the shooting happened around children.
"What if he missed the dog and hit a kid?" said Cherri Roney.
The Patsches say they didn't even know who Schnacky was until he was charged with animal cruelty. Now their 12-year-old is dealing with the loss.
"I would pet him and he would lick me," said 12-year-old Samuel Patsches. "(I'm) sad and mad. I cry about it sometimes."
Sheriff's deputies say they did not confiscate the man's rifle. Neighbors say they'd feel a lot more comfortable if they knew Schnacky was unarmed.
Schnacky has been released on bond. FOX 13's attempts to get comments from Hugh Schnacky on Monday were not successful.
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