Man Charged With Shooting Dog During Argument

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Silver Springs, FL (AP) - A north Florida man has been charged
with fatally shooting a family dog during a domestic dispute.

The Marion County Sheriff's Office reports that 52-year-old
Terry Lynn Cook was arguing with his girlfriend early Thursday.

The girlfriend told deputies that they were arguing over money
when Cook grabbed a pistol and pointed it at her head. He then
aimed at their dog, a pit bull named Brandy, at fired several
times. The dog tried to get away, but Cook reportedly chased it
down and shot it in the head.

The girlfriend reported that she ran away to a neighbor's home
and called for help.

Following a standoff with authorities, Cook told deputies that
he only shot the dog after it snapped at him.

Cook was arrested and charged with aggravated assault and animal
cruelty. He was being held on $45,000 bail.

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