Photo by Brian Giandelone
NORCROSS -- Sadie's in high spirits despite the bullet.
The 3-month-old pit bull puppy acted as an outlet for her neighbor's rage last week, and will live out her dog years with a bullet lodged in her right front paw, according to police and the animal's caretakers.
"She's running around, doing fine," said Thommyron Favors, whose brother, Nathan, owns Sadie. "A small little limp, but other than that, she's OK."
Sadie's predicament has roots in a neighborly spat March 16 between Nathan Favors and Curtis Bryant, who lives one duplex down on Singleton Road.
Accounts of the tiff vary, but witnesses and police say the dispute enraged Bryant enough to confront Thommyron Favors as he walked the dog Wednesday evening.
According to a police report, the two began arguing near the Favors' back porch. Bryant reportedly carried a small silver Derringer handgun.
"I didn't expect somebody to shoot a dog," Favors told the Daily Post on Monday. "I told him to back up, told him we'd solve this another way. I pushed him back once. He was aiming for the dog's head."
Witnesses told police Bryant shot the dog and drove off in a black Audi. They relayed Bryant's first name and pointed out a truck advertising a mobile detailing service that belonged to him, the report says.
Police photographed the dog's injury as evidence and contacted Bryant.
"I observed a round bleeding hole in the dog's ... paw, but I did not observe an exit wound," one officer noted.
Favors said Sadie's face was flecked in gun residue. They transported her to a veterinary clinic after the shooting, where she was treated with antibiotics and painkillers and released, he said.
"They said they don't remove no bullet out of a dog," Favors said.
Bryant met with police on Thursday and was arrested a day later, after eyewitness accounts conflicted with his retelling of the events. He's charged with felony cruelty to animals and discharging a gun near a public street.
Favors said veterinarians expect Sadie to fully recover. Bryant's alleged behavior was bizarre from someone he used to consider a friend, he said.
"It made me feel real bad," Favors said.
Bryant remains at the Gwinnett County Jail without bond, pending a probable cause hearing scheduled March 30.