An 18-year-old man told a Missouri deputy that he shot his dog because “he didn’t have to time for the vet,” according to a probable cause statement from the Saline County Sheriff’s Office.
After Harley Mobley shot Zara the dog in her head earlier this month, she was “lying in the gravel not moving,” police said.
But this was not the end of this pit bull’s story.
Someone contacted an animal rescue group on Facebook about the wounded dog, the statement says, and rescuers agreed to help save her.
That group was Unleashed Pet Rescue in Mission, Kansas, the Kansas City Star reported. The group raised more than $5,000 to save the dog, now named Gloria.
Gloria recovered from her first surgery last week, Unleashed’s CEO Danielle Reno told the Star, but she is still in pain and will need more surgeries. Still, the rescue group says she’ll be ready for a new home in a couple months.
“She’s a wonderful dog,” Reno said, according to the Star. “She is available for adoption and we’re going to make sure she goes somewhere every dog dreams of, because she deserves it.”
Gloria’s old owner has since been charged with an animal abuse felony, according to an Oct. 24 news release from the Saline County Sheriff.
Deputies learned Mobley was a suspect after the dog’s original owner saw photos of the injured pit bull on Facebook, the probable cause statement says. That first owner told the vet the dog was his before he gave her to Mobley.
In the probable cause statement, Deputy Daniel Kirchhoff wrote that he then contacted Mobley on Oct. 19.
In a written statement, Mobley said he gave Zara away before she was shot because “he has a puppy and the dog wanted to play with her to hard,” Kirchhoff wrote.
But on Oct. 20, in writing, Mobley provided a second statement, according to the probable cause.
Here’s what Mobley wrote, according to the sheriff’s office.
“I shot Zara because she was attacking my dog and I thought she was showing early signs of Rabies. So I thought I’d put her down but I guess I didn’t and didn’t have no time for the vet that morning.”
Mobley said he drove Zara down a gravel road before shooting her with a borrowed shotgun, police said.