Texas stranger "apologizes" to children before shooting their 9-month-old puppy in the face
A man walked up to a group of children and shot their dog, a nine-month-old Labrador named Nolan, in the face for no apparent reason
A deranged gunman in Texas who shot a puppy in the face after it ran into the street allegedly apologized to three children at the scene before opening fire. At the time of the shooting, the three kids had just briefly stepped out of their Dallas apartment complex and their nine-month-old Labrador, Nolan, had followed behind, the Daily Mail reported.
As soon as the pup emerged out of the apartment, a man who was walking by pulled out a gun and fired at the animal, point blank. According to Genola Vance, the owner of the pet, the dog ran out of the house when she asked her son and nephews to take out the trash.
Moments later, the children came back into the apartment and told her Nolan had been shot. "They said the man just looked at them, said 'sorry', and then shot him," Vance said. "Nolan ran by me into the house and there was blood everywhere."
While Vance summoned authorities as soon as possible, they were too late to locate the suspect by the time they responded. The suspect is still at large and will be charged with animal cruelty as soon as he's apprehended by police.
According to the Dallas Morning News, the shooter who fled the scene was described as an African American man wearing a black hoodie. Officials said he is wanted on a charge of cruelty to non-livestock animals.
According to the Star-Telegram, the bullet went through the front of the dog's mouth and exited through his jaw, breaking it. Nonetheless, Nolan is expected to survive despite severe injuries. Although medical expenses crossed $7,000, SPCA Dallas was kind enough to pay for the poor dog's surgery.
The canine, who is currently recuperating at home with Vance and the rest of her family, can only consume soft foods during this time and take antibiotics as well as pain medication. The pup was adopted by Vance's family last year from a shelter. "We chose Nolan out of every dog at the shelter," she said. "He's like my son. I love my kids and I love him the same."
"I think if Nolan wouldn't have run outside, maybe this man would have shot one of the kids," Vance told WFAA. "He took a bullet for my family. At the end of the day, I'm just happy he's alive and I'm going to do whatever it takes to make him better."