State Police are investigating after an Anderson County man admittedly shot a neighbor's dog for trespassing in his yard.
The incident happened Sunday at a home on the banks of Beaver Lake. The Kincaid family says they were getting ready for July 4th festivities when they found their 7-month-old puppy, Ryder, lying in their yard, shot in the chest.
For the past day, seven-year-old Lance Kincaid has served as a bedside nurse to his dog. Judy Kincaid says the pup had been out of the house for less than five minutes when he walked over to neighbor Johnny Murphy's house. Witnesses saw Murphy go inside and return with a loaded .357 Magnum that he then admittedly used to shoot the dog in the chest.
Lance found the dog minutes later. "A hole and lots of blood on the ground. I felt horrible."
Judy Kincaid says Murphy had never complained about the dog before. But Murphy had a different story when LEX 18 asked him to explain.
"He threatened me three days in a row. I called the police and they didn't do anything about it," he said, "I need to talk to a lawyer, especially with (LEX 18) here. It's going to be a lot more.
When asked if he shot the dog in self-defense, Murphy said, "Yes. I called the police myself."
The Kincaids say they plan to press charges against Murphy. They say their goal is to try to prevent something like this from happening to another family.
Ryder's veterinarian says he expects the dog to make a full recovery. State police say charges against Murphy are pending.