Leslie Senates a North Carolina woman who is accused of fatally shooting a dog said she thought she was using a BB gun. The Fayetteville Observer reports Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Sgt. Sean Swain said 20-year-old Leslie Senatus had been using a BB gun to discipline the dog to make it stop barking but used the wrong gun when she shot him in the chest March 2. Senatus was charged with cruelty to animals Monday.
Shooting an animal with a BB gun is illegal and carries a misdemeanor charge that the Cumberland County Animal Control is authorized to levy. The sheriff’s office, which has the ability to levy felony charges, investigated the case because of its nature. Senatus was being held on a $15,000 bond but has since bonded out. It’s unclear if she has a lawyer.