http://www.denverpost.com/headlines/ci_9569687A 36-year-old man who pleaded guilty to shooting the family dog, Lucky, was sentenced Thursday to three years of probation and 45 days in jail.
Devin Shane Calhoun was charged with animal cruelty and prohibited use of a weapon in August for shooting the 5-month-old border collie after it ate steak from his plate while Calhoun was outside.
Lucky was only grazed by the bullet. He makes his home with Calhoun's wife and four children. Calhoun does not live with the family.
District Judge Lily Oeffler also ordered Calhoun to continue with mental-health treatment and taking medications; to complete 12 animal-abuse treatment sessions and 36 weeks of domestic-violence classes; and to find and hold a job.
"You were drunk with four children at home, and you took a .44 revolver and shot a dog while your children were around because the dog ate off your plate," Oeffler said.
"The dog is fine now, but I don't know about your children," she added.