Smith Twp. man accused of shooting wife’s dog after argument

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Jamie Heestand, charged with cruelty to animals in Smith Township.

SMITH TWP., Ohio (WKBN) – Smith Township police arrested a man Wednesday after reports that he shot his wife’s dog after an argument with her.

The dog later passed away from its injuries, according to a police report.

Police said they were called to a home on Alliance-Sebring Road just before 8 p.m. Wednesday on reports that a man was shooting a gun.

Police arrived to find Jamie Heestand, who they said appeared to be highly intoxicated. Police said he didn’t have a weapon on him when officers arrived.

A woman told police that she rushed to Heestand’s home after she received a call from a neighbor that her daughter and Heestand were arguing and that Heestand shot the dog. She said when she got to the house, her daughter was crying.

Heestand’s wife told police that Heestand had been drinking heavily since returning home from work. She said they were arguing after going out to eat.

She said when they got home, she went over to her grandmother’s house nearby to get away from the situation. She said that’s when she heard a gunshot from the back of her house, according to a police report.

Police said there were shell casings on the back patio. 

The couple’s German Shepherd was lying near the woods with a gunshot wound to the leg, according to police. 

Heestand’s wife told police that the dog had never been aggressive and she believed Heestand shot it because he was angry and it had been her dog. 

Police said when they arrested Heestand, he began swearing at officers and threatened to sue them.

He’s charged with having weapons under disability and cruelty to animals.

The dog was taken to an animal hospital, but it died from its injuries, according to police. 

Police confiscated Heestand’s weapons. 

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