An Interlachen, Florida man accused of shooting a neighborâ€™s dog has been arrested by Putnam County sheriffâ€™s deputies.
Justin Ross Sutton, 29, of 128 Volusia Drive, was charged with animal cruelty and being a felon in possession of a weapon, a sheriffâ€™s press release states.
Deputies on Wednesday responded to a report of a Great Dane that had been shot on Volusia Drive and found Ashley Sanford holding a handgun. She reportedly told deputies that she shot the dog because it was aggressive.
However, witness told deputies that Sutton shot the dog and he eventually admitted to it, the release states. He told deputies he shot over the dogâ€™s head to scare it, but may have accidentally hit it.
Deputies found dog tracks in the road but not on Suttonâ€™s property. The dog was found collapsed a few feet from the tracks. The dog was taken to a veterinarian and showed no signs of aggression during that process, even when placed in a kennel.
The release said the veterinarian treating the dog believes it was running away when it was shot based on the trajectory of the bullet. The dog is paralyzed and it will take two to four weeks to determine if it will recover, the release said.
Sutton is being held in the Putnam County Jail on $50,000 bond.