February 7

Mainer who shot dog with BB gun reaches plea deal

Police say he shot the dog as many as 100 times while he was drunk last summer.

The Associated Press

JEFFERSON — A Maine man who shot a Labrador retriever as many as 100 times with a BB gun has made a plea deal.

Aaron Armstrong was charged with animal cruelty after police said he shot the dog multiple times while drunk last summer. An X-ray showed the dog had BBs embedded in its muzzle, head, body and legs.

WGME-TV reported Friday that Armstrong’s plea deal sentenced him to time served – more than three months – and two years of probation. Terms of probation prevent him from having a pet.

The injuries were discovered by a veterinarian after the dog, now named Lady, was adopted. Armstrong was living in Waldoboro at the time but now lives in Jefferson.

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