WINCHESTER — Apparently angry at his dog for defecating on the floor, Brian Andrew Laird pointed a .30-30 rifle at the dog’s head, according to police.
“Brian said he knew the gun was loaded,” Deputy Anthony R. Ament of the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office wrote in a criminal complaint. “He fantasized about killing the dog, then pulled the trigger killing the dog instantly.”
Police were called to Laird’s home in the 200 block of Pondview Lane at 2:52 a.m. on Friday. Lt. Carlton Streit said in an email that the call came in as an accidental killing of a dog. He said Laird told police he was angry about the defecation, but ejected a round from the rifle before pointing it at the dog and didn’t believe it was loaded when he squeezed the trigger.
But Ament wrote that Laird confessed and that there were two cartridges left in the chamber of the rifle and one spent round. He said Laird told him he drank about 12 beers before the killing. Streit said Laird’s rifle was confiscated as evidence.
No information was available on the dog’s breed or age.
Laird, 62, was arrested and charged with cruelty to animals, maiming or killing an animal and reckless handling of a firearm. He is scheduled to be arraigned in Frederick General District Court at 8:30 a.m. on July 24.