Reno woman says a neighbor is shooting her dog with BBs

Reported by: Ashley Cullins
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Updated: 3/25/2013 9:01 pm
RENO, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) -- Cydne Sapperstein's boston terrier Liberty is healing after being shot twice with a bb gun.

At first Sapperstein didn't know what was happening.

"I just saw blood," Sapperstein said. "I wasn't sure, so I ran her over to my vet, and she confirmed that this is a pellet."

The vet diagnosed Liberty with "severely traumatized tissue from a relatively small object most likely at high velocity."

Sapperstein said it's her neighbor who's responsible and it's because he claims the dogs bark 24-7. Sapperstein said that's not the case, but even if it was true the neighbor's actions are disturbing.

"To think that somebody could be so evil to shoot a precious little dog," she said.

After the second shooting she called 911.

Sapperstein said Reno Police referred her to Animal Control who referred her back to RPD.

"I'm not getting any help," she said. "Everyone says it's everyone else's jurisdiction, and now I have to live like a prisoner in my own home."

She's putting up an additional fence to try to give her dogs some added protection.

"I want this neighbor to realize the impact of what he's doing," Sapperstein said.

It's cost her almost 600 dollars in veterinarian bills so far, but it's about more than money. Sapperstein said she's even afraid to let her 9-year-old daughter play in the yard now.

"I feel like putting the place up for sale and moving," she said. "If this is how I've got to live, it's not living."

So until the situation is resolved, Liberty won't be free to roam her own back yard.

News 4 followed up with the agencies and Reno Police Department officials say animal crimes are under the jurisdiction of Washoe County Animal Services because of an agreement between the city and the county.

Washoe County Animal Services Manager Barry Brode says they're currently investigating this case and he can't comment while it's ongoing.
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gunner41 - 3/27/2013 12:19 PM
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Awesome...I think 99.999% of PEOPLE agree that shooting the dog in this manner is WRRONG. Super....now what about those of you that DISAGREE WITH USING DOG SHOCK COLLARS? What would you all do if YOUR NEIGHBOR had a non-stop barking dog? Would you just "live with it" then? GREAT Post, BTW, Paladin (10:29 AM).

Paladin - 3/27/2013 10:29 AM
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WOW! I bet Cydne is sorry this article ever hit the paper as she is getting ROASTED as an irresponsible dog owner. WHICH SHE IS! The dog doesn't deserve to be punished by getting shot with a BB gun, but SHE DOES! This is a perfect example of pet owners who want the dog but then don't follow through with the responsibility of care, training etc. Cydne has allowed the dog to become the nuisance it is. I absolutely don't condone the neighbor shooting the poor dog, but people get so frustrated when they live next to such an irresponsible person, it leads to innappropriate and misdirected behavior.

AllAlphas - 3/27/2013 2:16 AM
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Speed---It's obvious to everyone that you hate coyotes, and instead prefer to perpetuate the continuing enslavement of Liberty the Boston Terrier, who deserves her freedom!!! Your senseless loathing of hungry coyotes is despicable!!! I must admit though your idea to throw Liberty the Boston Terrier down a mine shaft certainly has potential.........although wouldn't we also have to throw a coyote down the mine shaft in order to complete the circle of life??? I imagine it would help smother the sound of the incessant barking though..........

Speed - 3/26/2013 7:30 PM
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RuenOne; You're absolutely right! AllAlphas; Maybe dog owners should treat people who would do things like you suggest in a similar manner. There are PLENTY of abandoned mine shafts they "could" fall into-it'd be NICE AND QUIET down there. If the worst a person has to whine about is a barking dog,they have a pretty blessed life and should stop their Bellyachin'.

AllAlphas - 3/26/2013 1:50 PM
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Shooting the neighbors dog with a pellet gun is certainly wrong. You may end up leaving evidence behind. A much more elegant solution is to simply free this Boston Terrier from her miserable surroundings, which obviously cause her to bark incessantly, and set her free in the great Nevada outdoors. Perhaps somewhere near the Lovelock/Winnemucca area where she can bark to her hearts content and make new four legged friends. Removing her collar before freeing her would simply guarantee that no precious coyotes would be harmed in this undertaking. Small collars can of course be a choking hazard. Do it for the coyotes..........

RuenOne - 3/26/2013 11:53 AM
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I am not going to waste my time reading all these long void comments. Shooting the neighbors dog with a pellet gun is wrong, simple as that!

morg1111 - 3/26/2013 10:25 AM
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Sometimes dogs bark for "no reason at all", it seems. But actually, it is often a matter of the dog feeling insecure at being left alone all the time. You CAN train a dog not to bark incessantly, but it takes patience and commitment. And a dog that is barking non stop IS A NUISANCE, and the owner should be fined. Endless noise like that will drive people to do bad things if the authorities don't help. A bark collar, or a unit that emits a high pitched tone, is NOT cruel but merely a training tool. Often, the dog will not bark when the owner is home, making it difficult to change the behavior. It all comes down to common courtesy. Are you willing to be a good neighbor, or not? If your dog can bark all day, can I play Justin Bieber at 90 Db all day? Why would expect a neighbor to be happy with that kind of noise all day? So many dog owners are like Cydne, refusing to believe that their precious little muffin would ever bark, or that anyone could not see it as "cute" when the doggie "talks". -A dog owner

apyre - 3/26/2013 10:09 AM
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My neighbors leave dogs locked inside all night and I can hear them howling. These same neighbors shot up my bird feeders. I don't have dogs, but cats who have mysterious injuries that resemble pellet gun wounds. Cops ignore any calls I have made about noisy parties so why should they care if the neighbors are shooting at the direction of my house or animals. The only way they might show up is if someone says they heard gun fire. Even then they probably wont show up unless there were any bodies lying around so they can go on the evening news. Gots to justify that overtime for SWAT and Raven due to budget cuts.

Paladin - 3/26/2013 9:32 AM
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This all comes down to an irresponsible dog owner who should be cited for disturbing the peace until she contols the dog. That's the legal remedy. What the neighbor did is wrong also and he should be watched for anger control issues. Its ugly when you have bad neighbors and both parties in this situation qualify.

StandsWithFist - 3/26/2013 9:06 AM
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The fun part was... Call the cops! It's your dog barking! Only within the noise ordinance and below the decimal level required to do ANYTHING about it!
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