Dog Allegedly Shot in Face by Neighbor

By Mallory Lane

Published 08/08 2014 05:44PM

Updated 08/08 2014 06:04PM

HOWARD, CENTRE COUNTY - A Howard man is behind bars after allegedly shooting his neighbor's dog in the face.

62 year-old Michael Miller allegedly shot Copper in the face, after he says the dog walked onto his property.

It happened Wednesday morning just before 11 A.M. on Swamp Poodle Road in Boggs Township.

According to court documents, Copper's owner, whose home is adjacent to Miller's, heard a gunshot and the dog yelp.

The owner told police, moments later, Copper ran to the front of their home, bleeding from his face.

The dog was taken to Straley Veterinary Clinic, where doctors said Copper was shot with a .22 caliber rifle under his right eye.

Police said Miller admitted to shooting Copper after he started approaching the fence on his property.

Court documents show this isn't Miller's first run-in with the law. Police said he is previously convicted of a felony, prohibiting him from possessing a firearm.

Miller faces five felony charges for possessing a firearm. He also faces cruelty to animals, recklessly endangering another person and disorderly conduct charges.

Copper's owner can't believe something like this happened, but is thankful his dog is still alive.

"It's a miracle to me because when I got the call, it was like, your dog has been shot in the face, I assumed he was dead and I was never going to see him again," Alan Robinson said. "Low and behold, he's going to make a full recovery and you probably won't even be able to tell he's been shot. It's a blessing for me to hear."

Copper is home recovering. There is still a possibility he could lose sight in his right eye, but is otherwise expected to make a full recovery.

Miller's preliminary hearing is set for August 13.

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