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St. Pete man accused of fatally shooting niece's Chihuahua

TBO.com staff
Published:   |   Updated: May 8, 2013 at 04:30 PM

A 66-year-old St. Petersburg man was arrested this morning and accused of fatally shooting his niece's Chihuahua with a pellet gun.

Millard Ford was arrested on a charge of animal cruelty. Bail was set at $5,000.

This morning, Ford's niece Yasha Davis saw her 5-year-old Chihuahua, Popi, come from behind her house at 3928 Eighth Ave. S., and collapse in her driveway, according to St. Petersburg police spokesman Mike Puetz.

The dog was rushed to an animal hospital, but it was no use. He had been shot with a pellet gun twice.

Ford had been shooting at stray dogs paying a visit to his house a couple of blocks away because he didn't want them near his dog Gina, who is in heat, said Puetz. He was in his niece's yard with the pellet gun, though, when Popi was shot, Puetz said.

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