A small dog was killed late Saturday night after a man with a pellet rifle shot him in the face from a second-story balcony in Davie, police say.
Miami resident Johansen Concepcion De La Ros, 19, was arrested on a charge of causing cruel death, pain and suffering to an animal. Jail records say his bond was set at $2,500.
According to the arrest report, multiple 911 calls about two men shooting a dog from Apt. 1602 brought Davie police to the Centro at Davie by ARIUM Apartments around 6:30 p.m. Saturday. Officers found a crowd of people, including a blood-covered Roshelle Pearson holding her small brown and white dog, an off-duty Pembroke Pines police officer and the officer’s brother. All of them pointed to 1602 as the shooter’s location.
Pearson told Davie cops she and her boyfriend were walking 8-month-old Princess, Pearson’s 8-year-old daughter’s dog, past building No. 16 when they heard a pop. She looked down to find the dog bleeding from the mouth.
Meanwhile, the off-duty Pines officer told his Davie counterparts, he was driving up and saw two guys on 1602’s balcony run back inside with a black scoped rifle. He saw the dog bleeding, did the math and watched the building’s front door to make sure neither man left before Davie police arrived at 2800 SW 73rd Way.
The report says Concepcion opened the door to the apartment with Daniel Alvarez yelling from a back room. The off-duty Pines cop and his brother said Concepcion was the one holding the rifle.
Concepcion told cops he was just shooting toward the lake beyond the walking path, and the dog and the walkers crossed into his line of fire. It was an accident, he said.
Alvarez’s story varied greatly from that, according to the report. He told cops that Concepcion showed up at the apartment with the pellet rifle. While they were on the balcony, he looked over to see Concepcion kneeling, looking through the scope and appearing to aim the rifle.
Police reported that Alvarez said Concepcion looked over and said to him in Spanish, “I’m going to shoot the dog.”