Pocatello man charged after shooting dog with gun

13 Mar

A Pocatello man is charged with animal cruelty after shooting this dog, a black and white lab mix, in the neck with a high caliber gun Monday afternoon. (Photo via Pocatello Police Department)

UPDATE: Local News 8 talked to the suspect, who said the dog was a threat to his family. Brock Merrill said the dog, who he believed was a stray, had been frequenting his property over the past week. It got aggressive Monday afternoon, so he shot it. He also said he didn’t realize his property was within city limits.

Pocatello police have charged a man with animal cruelty after he allegedly shot a dog in the neck with a high caliber gun. Interestingly enough, this is right on the heels of legislation to enact harsher penalties on Idahoans convicted of animal cruelty.

Police first responded to the 1100 block of Ceder Hollow, off Bannock Highway, at about 2:30 Monday afternoon after getting a call about an injured dog. Police and animal control arrived at the scene to find the black and white lab mix, who had been shot. The dog was taken to Alta Animal Hospital, where it underwent surgery.

Police followed a trail of blood left by the dog to the 1200 block of Cahina Way, one street over. They identified the suspect, 36-year-old Brock C. Merrill, and charged him with cruelty to animals and discharging a firearm within city limits, both misdemeanor charges. The gun police believe he used is a .357 magnum revolver.

Under Idaho’s current laws, Merrill, if a first-time offender, could face up to six months in jail and a fine of $100 to $5,000. Most people convicted of the crime don’t get anything near the maximum penalty, however.

Despite the veterinarian’s best efforts, the bullet can’t be removed from the dog’s neck, although it is in stable condition and is expected to recover. Pocatello Animal Control is still looking for the owner of the dog, and are asking anybody with information to call 234.6157.

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5 Responses to “Pocatello man charged after shooting dog with gun”

  1. Carolynn Moore 03/13/2012 at 4:44 pm #

    Mr. Merrill’s handling of this situation makes me sick. If you are concerned about an animal that is roaming closer and closer to your property. You can easily call the Pocatello Police and/or the Pocatello Animal Shelter. How hard is it to dial the number? They have people who go all over Bannock county to help with this type of problem. Of course, they are trained to take care of the animals in a humane and decent way. If this were a human being, (child or adult), that was bothering Mr. Merrill’s children and family, would the first thing that he’d do – be to shoot the person, or would he call the police and make a report. The same decency should have been afforded this animal. Gee, perhaps Mr. Merrill could even have tried to feed the animal and provide some type of assistance to the animal, instead of grabbing his gun and shooting it. If he would have called the Pocatello Police, they would have immediately contacted the Animal Shelter, who could have given the animal food and attention if it were not a vicious animal. If it were a vicious animal, they could have determined it to be so and put it to death in a humane way. It would not have been left to starve to death and in this case bleed to death. Maming the animal with his gun would only add to the problem. A wounded animal is even more dangerous than a hungry one. I must question Mr. Merrill’s intelligence. Even if Mr. Merrill did not know that his property was at least partially on city property, (which is very doubtful), a dog does not know whether the property is on county or city property. When you buy your property, or rent your property, don’t you recieve information regarding whether you are paying city garbage, sewer, and water use fees? Who does Mr. Merrill pay for these services? I live near Mr. Merrill and it scares me to death that he is so eager to grab his gun and kill a dog. What else does he see fit to kill?

    • ashley snook 03/13/2012 at 10:08 pm #

      i wonder what he would of killed too..

      • Anita 03/13/2012 at 10:38 pm #

        If Mr. Merrill had time to run get his gun and put the bullets in it, he had more then enough time to call animal control and if he told them what he said to the police, they would have sent someone out right away. How do you handle others around you?

  2. Wondering 03/22/2012 at 12:00 pm #

    An unreported “cause” for the unfortunate dog’s reason for hanging out in the shooters yard is rumored to be that the Merrill dog was in heat. If that is the case then Merrill, who had a dog in such a condition should have known that there is very little that can be done to keep male dogs away from his dog. It has also been suggested that the dogs were actually coupled when Mr. Merrill shot the animal. If this is the case, then Merrill is really being coy about his “fear” for his family. Anyone familiar with how a male dog acts around a female in heat knows that the last thing on the dog’s mind is bothering a human. The Journal needs to look into this rumor!

    • Jessica 04/24/2012 at 11:51 am #

      Is this dog ok – has the owner been found??

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