LAKEVILLE, Ind. (WNDU) - Police have a man in custody after they say he shot a dog outside a Lakeville store.
The shooting happened around 1 p.m. Saturday. The suspect is Jon Hanley, 52, of North Liberty.
Dispatch confirmed police responded to reports of shots fired in the parking lot of the 'Working Person's Store' on the 300 block of Michigan St. in Lakeville.
According to Lakeville Police Chief Patrick Howard, the owner of the dog, a German shepherd named Major, takes the dog everywhere with her. Major slipped out of her car and ran around. Major had a leash and collar on at the time.
Witnesses say it looked like Hanley initially tried to help the owner catch Major, but then Major barked at him. Police say Major did not bite Hanley, Major was just barking.
Hanley then left the scene and came back with a gun. Major’s owner started screaming and Chief Howard says Hanley shot the dog “execution style.”
Major is in stable condition. The bullet went through Major’s skull and is lodged in Major’s shoulder. Major was taken to the Animal Emergency Hospital in Mishawaka, but will be transferred to the Purdue Animal Hospital in West Lafayette.
Hanley is at the St. Joseph County Jail and currently faces a charge of criminal recklessness, which is a felony. St. Joseph County Humane Society is involved and Hanley could eventually be charged with animal cruelty, another felony.