Man Who Shot Dog Given Probation, Community Service
DENVER -- A Lakewood man was given community service and probation for shooting his neighbors Jack Russell Terrier, authorities said Monday.
Ryan Cullen Hayes, 51, was found guilty of misdemeanor animal cruelty, two counts of reckless endangerment and one count of prohibited use of a weapon under the influence in February, said Pam Russell of the First Judicial District Attorney's Office.
She told the vet what Hayes had told her, that the dog was playing with the loaded gun on the floor and it went off
The veterinarian told Duggan that the injury could not have been self-inflicted and she contacted Lakewood police.
Hayes testified in his own defense and told jurors that the dog was batting his loaded .357-caliber pistol around on the floor when he grabbed the gun and it went off.
Defense attorney Walter Gerash said Hayes was horrified after the shooting, and that Hayes had a tender relationship with the dog
Hayes will serve eight years probation and 100 hours of community service.