A Minden man accused of fatally shooting his roommate's pit bull has pleaded guilty to charges of cruelty to animals and possession of a firearm by an intoxicated person. The Record-Courier of Gardnerville reports East Fork Judge Tom Perkins on Wednesday sentenced 34-year-old John Chan Peery to a 60-day suspended sentence and placed him on probation for two years.
Peery also was ordered to pay $500 for his court-appointed lawyer, and barred from consuming alcohol or controlled substances and possessing firearms.
Peery contends the dog had been sitting in his lap and he shot it after the animal bit his lip.
Douglas County prosecutor Laurie Trotter says Peery and the dog's owner had been drinking for several hours prior to the Dec. 11 shooting.
Peery was accused of chasing and kicking the dog to keep it from escaping from the house. Trotter says the dog was chased into a bedroom, and it was not a "self-defense situation at all."
Information from: Gardnerville Record-Courier, http://www.recordcourier.com