Puppy killed: Daniel Schaeffer charged with animal cruelty after 4-month-old Labrador was shot

HOUSTON, TX (KTRK) — A man accused of shooting dead his neighbor’s 4-month-old black Labrador puppy is facing animal cruelty charges in an incident caught on camera.

Daniel Taylor Schaeffer, 29, was arrested Monday, more than a month after investigators said he killed the small dog on the 2000 block of Live Oak in Houston’s Greater Third Ward.

Prosecution documents say Schaeffer was identified by some witnesses, including the dog owner’s employee and a neighbor who heard the shot and saw the dog whimper and run away on June 30.

According to the filing, investigators also viewed home security footage capturing the small dog, named Frijole, who appeared to be following Schaeffer as he walked his light-colored dog. In the video, one of the dogs can be heard barking before the person pulls out a revolver-type weapon, points it at the dog and opens fire once.

The person then moves on while the pup whimpers and runs away.

“(The witness) stated that the black Labrador puppy ran back to the property he was working on, collapsed and died right in front of them,” the indictment document reads.

The filing notes that investigators did not see the puppy in the video aggressive towards the shooter.

Schaeffer received a $2,500 personal guarantee of recognition. He has to appear in court on Tuesday morning.

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ABC13 reporter Brooke Taylor spoke to Frijole’s owner about the loss of his puppy. We bring you this story at 10 p.m. for Eyewitness News. Get updates by following her Brooke on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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