A puppy named Princess out for a walk in was shot in the face and killed Saturday night by a man on a balcony armed with a pellet rifle, police say.
At first, the owner and her boyfriend didn’t know what happened.
“We heard the pop, but it didn’t register that someone had shot the dog,” said Roshelle Pearson, who bought the Chihuahua pup for her 8-year-old daughter in April.
Princess began crying and pulling on her leash.
“There was blood in her mouth and my boyfriend asked what she ate,” Pearson said. “I held her and talked to her.”
Within five minutes, the 6-pound puppy was dead.
Johansen Concepcion De La Ros, 19, told police the puppy walked into the line of fire around 6:30 p.m. as he was shooting toward a lake from the apartment balcony. He claimed it was all an accident.
But the friend who was with him on the balcony tells a different story.
Daniel Alvarez told police Concepcion De La Ros showed up to his Davie apartment with a pellet rifle.
Alvarez says they were on the balcony when Concepcion De La Ros got down on one knee, looked through the scope and said, “I’m going to shoot the dog.”
Alvarez then heard the pop of the rifle and the dog’s cries, he told police.
Right before the shooting, an off-duty Pembroke Pines officer happened to be driving toward the Centro at apartment complex at 2800 SW 73 Way when he spotted a man on a balcony with a scoped black rifle.
The off-duty officer, Miguel Osorio, was one of several witnesses to call 911, said Sgt. Mark Leone, a spokesman for the Davie Police Department.
It was Osorio who told Pearson her dog had been shot by a man on the balcony.
When officers arrived, Pearson was covered in blood and holding a small, limp brown and white dog in her arms, a police report says.
Officers searched Alvarez’s apartment and found a black scoped rifle.
Both Alvarez and his friend were taken in for questioning.
After hearing their stories, police arrested Concepcion De La Ros on charges of animal cruelty and transported him to the Broward County Main Jail.
If convicted, he could face five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
Princess was born right around Valentine’s Day. Pearson brought the puppy home two months later as a gift for her daughter.
Just days ago, Pearson moved from Wisconsin to Davie to be with her boyfriend. She and her daughter made the drive down with the puppy, arriving Friday night.
“She played with the dog the whole way here,” Pearson said.
On Sunday morning, Pearson said she had not yet told her daughter that her puppy was gone forever.
“Yesterday I told her someone shot her dog and they were trying to save it,” she said. “I wanted her to sleep last night. Today I will tell her that her dog didn’t make it.”
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