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Man Shoots Pet Owner Who Allegedly Beat Dog (Photos)

| by Sheena Vasani

A Houston man reportedly shot a pet owner after he said he saw him beat his dog on Aug. 10.

Police say the man in his 60s confronted the younger man, who is in his 20s, and then shot at him, KPRC reports.

"My son ran into the house," the younger man's mother said after witnessing the confrontation. "The guy that shot him ran into another area, got the shotgun and shot through my back window and shot my son in the neck."

The man who was shot in the neck was hospitalized. He survived and was reportedly released later the same day.

Houston police called the case a matter of self-defense. They will not charge the older man for the shooting.

"I hope it's a good wake-up call for him because he was having problems with his mom all of the time and going through some things with her. I just hope it'll be a wake-up call for him," said Willis Garrett.

It is unclear whether the younger man will face charges for his alleged attack on his dog.

Around the same time, The Dallas Morning News reported a man in Texas scalded the cat he had just adopted with boiling water to "teach him a lesson."

Joseph Lupardus, 21, says KitKat the cat had bitten him, so he attacked it back.

The Animal Welfare Society of Bandera County says four people say they watched the incident unfold, while Lupardus himself admitted to the abuse.

The group also posted about the incident on Facebook, stating the cat had third-degree burns. As of Aug. 9, a new family adopted the cat.

Lupardus' mother said the animal welfare society of exaggerated the situation and accusing it of both libel and "cyber harassment." She claims the cat was not suitable for adoption.

Others on the group's Facebook page have also defended the man.

"I'm curious, where are you getting the information for this accusation?" said Kris Johnson.

"I know this young man to be a good and kind person," he added. "I cannot imagine what you are posting to be the truth. Be very careful what you post about someone in such a public place without substantiation."

"We aren't trying to lambaste this young man," Sandy Bowman, the group's director, said in response to the media. "But he needs help."

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