The Superior Court of Forsyth County has formally charged a local man for allegedly shooting and killing his neighbor’s dog in mid-March.
Carlos Gilberto Garcia-Lopez, 50, of Cumming was indicted on Monday, April 8 for one count of aggravated animal cruelty, according to recently filed Forsyth County Court documents.
Garcia-Lopez was arrested by the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office in this case on March 16, after a local man and his fiancé reported to authorities that they had found their 4-year-old miniature pincher, Sonny, lying in a pool of blood inside the residence, according to sheriff’s office reports.
According to Cpl. Doug Rainwater, sheriff’s office spokesman, the homeowners immediately took the dog to a veterinary office and were told that a projectile had been found lodged inside the dog’s body.
Upon investigation at the home, deputies were shown a trail of blood that led from where the dog was allegedly shot in the residence’s backyard into the home through a doggy door and to where the animal eventually died.
Although the homeowner stated that he had no problems with his neighbors and didn’t know anyone that would want to hurt the dog, deputies determined that it was most likely shot from the back deck of a neighboring residence.
According to a report made at the time, at the neighboring residence, deputies made contact with Garcia-Lopez, who stated that he owned several firearms and eventually confessed to shooting the dog with a pellet gun.
“When he was asked why he shot the dog, Mr. Garcia-Lopez stated the dog was barking all day and he was trying to shoot the fence in an attempt to scare it and to stop the barking,” the report states.
Garcia-Lopez stated that he had been having problems with dogs coming into his yard and was told by animal control that there was nothing they could do about it.
“It is believed that Mr. Garcia-Lopez maliciously and intentionally killed the dog,” according to the report.
Garcia-Lopez was then arrested at his home for felony animal cruelty and was briefly held in the Forsyth County Jail before being released on a $5,610 bond.
An attorney for Garcia-Lopez could not be reached for comment as of press time.
This case will be presided over by Superior Court Judge David L. Dickinson and prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Heather N. Dunn.