A 70-year-old man faces two counts of animal cruelty after he allegedly shot two dogs with some of projectile on Saturday in Hendersonville.
The Hendersonville Police Department began investigating after receiving a call from the dogs’ owner, Chris Stubbs.
Stubbs said both of his dogs, a beagle named Cooper and German Shorthaired Pointer named Blakely had both been shot.
The family pets escaped while a friend was mowing the grass.
They were then located less than a mile from home when a nearby resident called and said it appeared they had been hit by a car.
The veterinarian, however, noticed that Cooper had been shot with either a BB gun or a .22 caliber firearm.
The beagle had to be euthanized.
The family later noticed some blood on Blakely and took her to the veterinarian who found a similar gunshot wound.
The German Shorthaired Pointer will have to undergo surgery to remove the projectile, which was lodged between her ribs very close to her heart.
"It's upsetting," said Stubbs. "It's not a good feeling. It's an even worse feeling to know that one of your neighbors did it."
Paul Corley was charged with the shootings late Tuesday. He is scheduled to appear in court June 11.
441 Murfreesboro Road Nashville, TN 37210