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Pahrump, NV (KVVU) — A woman accused of shooting and killing her neighbor’s puppy may have done it because the canine killed her two ducklings, according to deputies.
Nye County Sheriff’s Office said Maria Furtado, 40, was taken into custody on Sunday after deputies received reports of the dog shooting.
According to the sheriff’s office, Furtado took the puppy from her neighbor’s property and drove it to a desert area along with her sons, ages 3 and 15 years old. Evidence showed Furtado used a pistol to shoot the puppy at least once.
The sheriff’s office also reported Furtado made her teenage son shoot the canine as well.
FOX5 on Wednesday evening spoke with the family that owned the puppy, named Duke.
“That was sick. I don’t know what she was thinking – to make your 15-year-old help you shoot the dog or force him to,” dog owner Skye Turpin said.
Dog owners Turpin and Rick Wills said they are heartbroken over the death of their puppy.
“When we found out she actually did that, it was just unbelievable,” Wills said. “My boys were over there, and they were helping her do some cleaning up the yard, and she put the dogs in the backyard with the ducks.”
A judge on Wednesday morning set Furtado’s bail at $25,000. She is scheduled for another court appearance next week.
Furtado was booked into the Nye County Detention Center on counts of animal cruelty and petit larceny as well as two counts of child abuse/neglect.
By Matt Guillermo & Craig Huber