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Puppy's Paw Puts an End to Man's Cruelty, Officials Say

September 10, 2004|From Times Wire Services

PENSACOLA, Fla. — A man who was trying to shoot seven puppies was shot himself when one of the dogs put its paw on the gun's trigger, officials said Thursday.

Jerry Allen Bradford, 37, was charged with felony animal cruelty, the Escambia County Sheriff's Office said. He was treated at a hospital for a gunshot wound to his wrist.

Bradford said he decided to shoot the 3-month-old shepherd-mix dogs in the head Monday because he couldn't find them a home, according to the sheriff's office.

He was holding two puppies when one put its paw on the trigger of the .38-caliber revolver, discharging it.

Deputies found three puppies in a shallow grave outside Bradford's home, said Sheriff's Sgt. Ted Roy. The four others appeared to be in good health. Animal control officials plan to put them up for adoption.

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