Dona Ana County Man Arrested For Shooting And Killing Dog

Oct 1, 2012

             Doña Ana County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a man early Sunday morning after he allegedly shot and killed his daughter’s dog.

            According to a criminal complaint, Michael Lovin, 45, wanted to speak with his daughter’s husband regarding a dog that Lovin believed to be aggressive. The dog reportedly belonged to the son in-law and lived with the family, who all reside in the 5800 block of Aberdeen Angus Way.

When his son in-law refused to speak with him, Lovin reportedly went to his bedroom, grabbed a handgun, and went to the back yard of the residence. According to the report, Lovin was allegedly looking for the aggressive dog.

The report alleges Lovin then shot his daughter’s dog, which also lived on the property, in the head and the neck. The dog that was shot and killed was not the aggressive dog in question, according to the report.

            Lovin was booked into the Doña Ana County Detention Center on a $5,000 surety bond. He is charged with one felony count of extreme cruelty to animals and one misdemeanor count of negligent use of a firearm.