BEL AIR, Md. - Boots has her paws back on the ground. She likes greeting neighbors, but from what we saw she comes right back home. On August 16, she barely made it.
"He heard the sound of the shot and he saw Boots coming back in. She cowered in the garage and was bleeding," said Elizabeth Murphy.
Murphy's husband was out washing his car when Maryland State Police say the six-year-old Swiss Mountain dog was shot with a pellet gun. Boots needed surgery to have it removed.
"It embedded in her. It was three inches into her, and it was a pointed pellet. It was the type used to take out small animals," said Murphy.
The veterinarian said it nearly took her out. The family lives off Cool Spring Rd. in Bel Air, but hot tempers lead to this.
"I think there has been an escalation for three years over us refusing to have our neighbors park in our yard," said Murphy.
Police say Timothy Kuzma told his son Nicholas to shoot the dog after Boots used the bathroom in his yard. On Tuesday evening, no one answered at the Kuzma home.
The Murphy family isn't concerned about the more than $300 medical bill. They hope Boots keeps wagging her tail.
"You don't ever, ever take things out on an animal, a dog, a pet, a family pet. You just never do that," said Murphy. "You should just be able to talk to your neighbors. And that's the problem today."
The animal cruelty charges for Timothy and Nicholas Kuzma could add up to 90 days in jail and a $1,000 fine. A trial date is set for October 21.
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