An Ohio man, Robert Marx, 74, is facing up to nine months in jail for knowingly shooting a gun within city limits and criminal damaging, as the result of allegedly shooting a one-year old Pit Bull at at the Doris Day Dog Parkin Cincinnati at about 4:30 p.m on Tuesday, WLWT reports.
Marx said he shot the dog because it was “playing too rough” with his own dog, reports say.
Kaitlynn Hornsby and Silas Parker say their Pit Bull, Bruski, was only being playful with Marx’s dog on Tuesday when his dog bit. They say their Pit Bull bit back and Marx killed it within seconds.
Hornsby told reporters, “I’m heartbroken. I’ve been crying all day. "He tased my dog before he shot him and then he threatened to shoot him and I was like 'don't shoot my dog,' and before we had a chance to break them apart he shot him," Hornsby said, according to NewsNet5.
Marx and bystanders were attempting to pull the dogs apart before Marx pulled out a Ruger 9mm semi-automatic handgun and shot the Pit Bull, reports say.
Hornsby said the bullet traveled through Bruski’s body and a veterinarian later euthanized him. "Anybody standing there could've been shot because the way the bullet went into him. It went into his back and basically all the way through his body into his front leg and that was right where I was standing," Hornsby said.
'There were kids there and he pulled out a gun and shot. A kid could have been hurt. I could have been hurt. I was holding my dog as he shot him,' she said.
Marx's dog was not seriously injured, according to police.
Marx, who has a permit to carry a concealed weapon, was arraigned in a Hamilton County court at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday. He was released on bond and placed on electronic monitoring. He is scheduled to return on Thursday.
A judge ordered Marx to stay away from the park and the couple who owned the Pit Bull. If he is convicted on both counts of He is charged with criminal damaging and discharging a firearm in a public place, he could serve a maximum of nine months in jail, according to the Daily Mail.
‘We took him [Bruski] to the dog park all the time, at least twice a week and he never ever got into fights with dogs,’ Hornsby said. ‘He was perfectly good with dogs. He loved to play with them.’
Sources: Daily Mail, News Net 5