A 51-year-old Springtown woman turned herself in to lawmen last week following the shooting of her next-door neighbor's dog.
Elizabeth Day Wesley is facing three felony charges, including cruelty to a non-livestock animal, deadly conduct discharging a firearm, and unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon.
The dog's death on May 10 was the peak of years of simmering resentment between Wesley and her neighbors in the 500 block of Shady Hill Lane, according to the Weatherford Democrat. The paper reported the Parker County Sheriff's Department responded to 29 calls by Wesley since 2003.
According to the report, Wesley believed the black and white pit bull had been chasing her cow. She told deputies she drove by the neighbors house and saw the animal in a fenced yard with the gate closed, but fired her .410 shotgun anyway. Her neighbor came out of his home returned fire with a pistol.
Wesley told deputies her mother had recently died and that day she just "snapped."
The neighbor says he had to put the dog down because it was wounded by a gunshot to the chest. The neighbor also told the paper that Wesley had shot at his home, but Wesley denies that.
Wesley is free on bond.
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