Jay County man accused of shooting puppy

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JAY COUNTY – A Pennville man faces animal cruelty charges after police say he shot his neighbor’s puppy in the eye with a BB gun.

According to court documents, the shooting happened on March 13 after the puppy wandered onto Carl Wentz’s property and started sniffing the storage shed.

The BB became lodged behind the dog’s eye, and the puppy—named Popo—suffered permanent eye damage. Popo came running home after the incident. The dog’s owner said he and his 2-year-old son had put a leash on Popo and were getting ready to walk him when the pup suddenly ran out the door.

Wentz is charged with cruelty to an animal, a class A misdemeanor that carries a maximum sentence of one year in jail.

A hearing in the case is set for July 9.