Sick teen arrested for shooting and killing 8-month-old pup with a "high-powered pellet rifle"
The culprit has been apprehended and is currently being held at the Broward County Jail until his hearing.
The brutal act, in which an eight-month-old Chihuahua pup was shot and killed by a teenager, has shocked residents in Davie, Florida. A family, who had just moved into the neighborhood a day before was walking their eight-year-old daughter's dog, Princess when they suddenly heard a popping sound. The puppy was shot at by a pellet rifle.
The family, who heard the pop, was unaware of what had happened and only noticed after the pup howled with pain. They saw her bleeding from her mouth, but before they could call emergency services for aid, the pup had died.
The entire incident had unfolded in the span of a mere five minutes. Roshelle Pearson, who had got the pup for her daughter, would have never figured it out how their six-pound dog had been murdered if it were not for the actions of an off-duty Pembroke Pines Police Department officer who happened to be driving in the area and witnessed the incident.
According to the Davie Police Department, Miguel Osorio saw a man on a second-floor balcony with a black, high-powered pellet rifle with a scope as he "took a knee, lined up the cross-hairs, and took a shot, killing the dog." The culprit was discovered to be one 19-year-old Johansen Concepcion De La Ros, who was then taken into custody.
The Sun-Sentinel reported that De La Ros told police he only shot the Chihuahua because the pup walked into his line of fire when he was shooting towards a lake from the apartment balcony, insisting that it was an accident. However, that story did not stand up to scrutiny, with the 19-year-old's own friend confessing that his intentions were far more sinister.
Daniel Alvarez told investigators that De La Ros had shown up at his apartment with the pellet rifle and that when they were on the balcony and saw Pearson and her boyfriend walking the pup, the 19-year-old proclaimed that he was "going to shoot the dog." Alvarez even said he could hear Princess' cries from the balcony after she was shot.
Princess was later rushed to an animal hospital, where an examination showed that the pellet had traveled directly through the pup's chest and killed her almost immediately. Pearson and her daughter had just moved into the area the previous day from Wisconsin, and she lamented on how she had to explain the situation to the eight-year-old.
"She played with the dog the whole way there," she said. "Yesterday, I told her someone shot her dog, and they were trying to save it. I wanted her to sleep last night. Today, I will tell her that her dog didn't make it."
Police subsequently confiscated the black rifle, before taking De La Ros into custody. He has been charged with felony cruelty to animals and was being held at the Broward County Main Jail. If convicted, he faces up to five years in prison, as well as a $10,000 fine.