Man charged with shooting and killing a dog in Palm Desert

(Riverside County Sheriff's Department)

An Indio man was charged on Wednesday after police say he shot a dog in a Palm Desert neighborhood in May.

John Ferdinand Singleterry, 30, approached a resident on Acacia Drive on May 17 at about 1 am, according to KMIR. The resident told police that Singleterry said that “the cops were looking for him,” before pulling a revolver from his waistband and cocking the hammer.

The resident says that Singleterry told him “he just needed to get back to his car and he didn’t want any problems.”

Police were called and, while they were searching the neighborhood, deputies heard three gunshots. They soon found Singleterry crouching behind two trash cans near a dog that was shot. He told police that he thought the dog was going to bite him.

The dog was taken to a veterinarian, where it died.

Singleterry was charged with animal cruelty and beign a convicted felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition.

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