Stiritz Man Arrested for Shooting Dog


By WSIL Manager

UPDATED 9:35 p.m. Jan. 22, 2014

WILLIAMSON CO. -- Joshua Bean was arrested last night on animal cruelty charges. Police say he shot his neighbor's dog twice.

Shots rang out on Dublin Street in Stiritz around 7:30 p.m Tuesday. The victim was an eight-month-old puppy.

"Somehow or another he found a hole in the fence back there and when he stepped across the property line, my neighbor cut down on him with a gun," said Richard Grant.

He is Barney's owner. The Great Pyrenees weighs more than 80 pounds and suffered gunshot wounds to his back legs.

"He's gonna lose one toe. He's got a bone shattered in his foot and he's not vicious or anything," Grant added.

He says the dog was in the alley next to his home and not on anyone else's property. Neighbor, Joshua Bean, has a different view on what happened.

"I went outside to take out my trash and a large dog was standing in my yard, barking very aggressively at me. And this was not the first time that this same dog has done this to me," Bean explained.

Bean says he shot the animal to protect himself. He claims a Williamson County dog catcher told him to do that years ago, if he felt threatened and an animal wouldn't leave.

"I wasn't trying to kill the dog. I was trying to shoot it and get it out of here where it wouldn't want to come back here ever," he said.

Grant's now concerned about his family's safety 

"Where this happened is only 50, 75 feet from my living room and my 13-year-old granddaughter's sitting right there watching TV", said Grant.

Bean says that's what prompted his actions.

"I have a little bitty one and a half year-old-son and an eight-year-old daughter who has to stand outside waiting on the bus every morning. I don't want the dogs hanging around like that," Bean responded.

He bonded out of jail earlier Wednesday. Next time, he plans to call the police about any animal issues. The dog is expected to survive and have surgery Thursday morning.


WILLIAMSON CO. -- A Williamson County man has been arrested for shooting his neighbor's dog.

Joshua Bean, 35, of Stiritz, was taken into custody Tuesday night on a misdemeanor charge of cruelty to animals.

The Williamson County Sheriff's Office was called to a home on Dublin Street around 7:30 p.m. for a report that a dog had been shot.

A spokesperson for the sheriff's office says it appears two shots were fired and that the dog, a Great Pyrenees, suffered injuries to both its rear legs.

Bean was taken to the Williamson County Jail where he posted $150 bond and was released. A court appearance is pending.

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