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Neighbor Shot Puppy In Front of Kids!

Posted by on Sep. 13, 2013 at 8:00 AM
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Neighbor Who Shot Family's Puppy in Front of Kids Goes Unpunished

by Rebecca Stokes

puppyA family in Ohio is grieving the loss of their puppy after the little guy was shot and killed by a troubled neighbor. The puppy, Polly, was only 8 months old when she was killed by 68-year-old Charles Zimmerman. He shot the dog as it ran through his property.

The family is still in shock. Particularly their two sons who witnessed the crime. Losing a pet is always hard. Having your pet murdered in front of you is horrific beyond imagining.

Why Zimmerman killed the dog is not presently known. The dog's owner, mom Misty Smith, remarked that Zimmerman frequently called Polly over to his driveway against the family's wishes. What caused Zimmerman to snap so quickly is still unanswered. There is one thing Misty and her family are sure of -- Zimmerman should sent away for a long time.

While a report had been filed last month with the city regarding Polly not being kept on a leash, that doesn't begin to excuse Zimmerman for this horrific crime. Zimmerman, a Vietnam War vet, is still living next-door to the family. Smith says she can't imagine ever owning a dog again while he remains in residence. She was also shocked at the way the legal system has failed her family:

How do you control the rage that builds inside as you hold your 2 babies all night because every time they close their eyes they see a man they called friend with a gun as he murders their beloved pet. If he had shown them porn he'd be locked up right now, but he can murder their beloved pet without remorse and walk around like nothing.

Smith's call for action is completely valid. The psychological trauma and very real fear her children experienced is proof alone that Zimmerman should be sent to prison for a long, long time. Another factor worth considering is Zimmerman's mental state. At the very least, treatment for his obvious psychological problems should be made mandatory.

Do you think crimes against animals should be taken more seriously?

by on Sep. 13, 2013 at 8:00 AM
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catevincesmom
by on Sep. 13, 2013 at 8:37 AM

poor kids-how horrible!  I hope @ the VERY LEAST, this guy gets some psych. help he so obviously needs. 

auntangelofsix
by Angel on Sep. 13, 2013 at 8:44 AM
Poor-kids i hope he gets in alot of trouble.
Janet
by Ruby Member on Sep. 13, 2013 at 10:06 AM
Yes I sure do. They say that's how serial killers start out. Usually as children by killing animals first. If I was this lady I would fear for my children!. Something wrong with people like that.
luvmybug
by Amanda on Sep. 13, 2013 at 10:29 AM
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Yes, I think crimes against animals should come with bigger consequences.
KenneMaw
by Member on Sep. 13, 2013 at 10:48 AM

I don't know that he deserves prison for a long long time, BUT, it sounds like he isn't in full control of his mental facilities.   What if a small child runs across his yard?    The man shouldn't own any firearms if he would act this way - so irrational.  I would be terrified to let my children play outside if he is home. 

MistressMinerva
by Jennifer on Sep. 13, 2013 at 3:41 PM

yes

goddess99
by Michelle on Sep. 13, 2013 at 9:26 PM

I agree!

Quoting luvmybug:

Yes, I think crimes against animals should come with bigger consequences.


jupiter5
by Member on Sep. 13, 2013 at 9:42 PM
Wtf where are the animal abuse laws!?!
Mrs.Sells
by on Sep. 14, 2013 at 8:30 AM

yes

suetoo
by Member on Sep. 14, 2013 at 9:39 AM

I hope the pup's family doesn't forget their share of the responsibility for this cruel act. Earlier complaint...dog off leash. Dog running through someone's property? Also wrong. This does not absolve the neighbor from guilt and consequence for a terrible bad act. However, a dog owner like this gives other responsible pet owners a bad name. 

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