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Arrest made in service dog shooting

Friday, May 11, 2012 5:24 PM
Last updated Saturday, May 12, 2012 1:43 AM
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A 31-year-old man has been charged in the shooting of an Army veteran’s service dog during a break-in at her home Monday night on Gardner Street.

Joshua Kelly Patterson was booked into the Richmond County jail Friday morning on charges of burglary, aggravated cruelty to animals, theft by taking and misdemeanor possession of marijuana. Authorities say tips they received led them to arrest Patterson, who was found by police in the 1900 block of Wylds Road. The investigation continues.

Kinga Kiss-Johnson, 35, who suffered brain and back injuries while serving in Afghanistan in 2007, told deputies that she had left her 3-year-old English Labrador service dog, Balto, at home in the 2300 block of Gardner Street for about an hour Monday while she went to the store for dog food.

When she returned, she found the dog with a bullet wound in his neck. Police believe the burglar tried to enter the home through a window and fired shots after being startled by the dog.

“We took it very seriously because of her (Kiss-Johnson), her disabilities and her relationship with that animal,” said Richmond County Investigator Sean Cochran.

Veterinarians were not able to remove all the bullet fragments from Balto’s neck. It has not been determined whether Balto can continue his work as a service dog.

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dichotomy
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dichotomy 05/11/12 - 04:54 pm
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I can't think of enough bad

I can't think of enough bad things that should happen to someone who would shoot an English Lab service dog. They are about a laid back and gentle as you can get.

happychimer
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happychimer 05/11/12 - 08:15 pm
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He is a repeat offender too.

He is a repeat offender too.

allhans
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allhans 05/11/12 - 09:05 pm
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I sure would like to ask him

I sure would like to ask him "why'.
Why not leave the premises if you think a dog is dangerous.
Is it really so important that he had to get into this house.
How about cutting some grass or something, instead.

Retired Army
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Retired Army 05/11/12 - 09:23 pm
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Gun possesion charges?? More

Gun possesion charges?? More time for this low life if and when he's is convicted by a jury of his peers.

PitchFork007
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PitchFork007 05/12/12 - 06:23 am
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Thanks to the investigators

Many sincere thanks go out to the investigators of this disturbing shooting incident. Their dedicated rapid response efforts that lead to the arrest of this dangerous repeat offender is very much appreciated!

Dee's Mom
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Dee's Mom 05/12/12 - 01:30 pm
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Pets are part of the family too!

So sorry that your dog was shot. I pray he will make a full recover. People don't seem to understand the importance of pets, in this case not just a pet but a service animal too. Our dog Dee was shot and killed by a neighbor back in Febuary. We are still trying to make sense of it. My prayers to you and your family.

Conservative Man
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Conservative Man 05/12/12 - 03:10 pm
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Just noticed that my comment

Just noticed that my comment from last night, on this story was removed.....I deserved it, as my language and tone was decidedly mean-spirited...I had imbibed an "adult beverage" or four and was incensed about the callousness of the crime. . Suffice it to say, I'm sure I'm not alone. Let's just hope that an appropriate sentence is imposed if the "alleged" gunman is found guilty....

georgiagirl530
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georgiagirl530 05/12/12 - 06:02 pm
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Joshua aka skumbag why dont

Joshua aka skumbag why dont you get what they call a job and leave everybodys belongings and pets alone

JRC2024
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JRC2024 05/12/12 - 09:29 pm
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Georgia, he is one of the new

Georgia, he is one of the new occupy crowd. I will occupy and take what you have..may he occupy the jail cell for a long time..

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nocnoc 09/02/12 - 08:26 am
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CABoatright
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CABoatright 05/14/12 - 06:24 am
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What a waste of skin--this
Unpublished

What a waste of skin--this piece of garbage doesn't deserve to breathe the same air as Balto or his "Mom." I hope he gets the maximum sentence the law allows & is forced to share a cell with Big Bubba.

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