Walton County man shoots, kills dog near sheriff’s deputy

Robert Lee Bryan

DEFUNIAK SPRINGS, Fla., Nov. 28, 2018—A Walton County man was arrested and charged with two felonies after shooting and killing a dog Tuesday evening.

Robert Lee Bryan, 44, was charged with aggravated animal cruelty, a felony offense, and discharging a firearm in public.

A Walton County Sheriff’s deputy driving on Girl Scout Road in DeFuniak Springs noticed two dogs running on West Juniper Avenue on the passenger side of a 2002 Chevrolet Trailblazer when he heard a gunshot.

The deputy looked down Juniper Avenue and saw a brown dog lying in the street.

The deputy turned around and conducted a traffic stop on the driver who identified himself as Bryan.

An unloaded .40 caliber Taurus handgun was found lying on the passenger seat. 

Bryan claimed the dog in question had jumped on his Yorkie the night before; however, there was no report or call made to animal control regarding the incident.

The two dogs did not belong to Bryan, nor were they on his property. The dogs were on a public road and were not acting aggressive.

Bryan was transported and booked into the Walton County Jail and posted a $2,500 bond.

Bryan is also awaiting trial for tampering in a misdemeanor proceeding last month, a felony offense.

Staff and Walton County Sheriff’s Office release

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