A Stafford County man has been charged with two felony offenses following an incident last week in which his neighbor’s 8-month-old Australian shepherd was shot and killed, authorities said.
Fred Asiedu, 26, is charged with maiming a dog and felony destruction of property, sheriff’s spokesperson Sarah Maroney said. Asiedu, who was arrested Monday, is also charged with a misdemeanor offense of reckless handling of a firearm.
Maroney said the deputies went to Harper Lane in southern Stafford after Asiedu called police and reported that he’d shot a dog.
The ensuing investigation, which included a Ring doorbell video, revealed that Asiedu had gotten out of his vehicle when he was approached by two dogs. Asiedu returned to his vehicle and waited there until the dogs ran back to their home, Maroney said.
Maroney said Asiedu then went to the neighbor’s residence to confront the dog owner. When the resident opened the door, the Australian shepherd ran toward Asiedu. Asiedu pulled a gun from his waistband and fired a single shot into the dog, Maroney said.
The dog was taken to a veterinarian’s office, where it died.
Asiedu is free on bond. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for July 14 in Stafford General District Court.
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