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.

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Oh, please, please just put me and a Smith & Wesson in a room with him. I would only need two minutes. He is a POS.


Over a dog's death? Really? Do you eat meat?


People have no Respect for other living beings!!!!! Humans have lost all compassion as animals have just as much right to be here as we do. Their lives MATTER. Imagine the kind of life that poor dog had and then some monster blows his poor little head off. Breaks my Heart


Are you a vegetarian?




We kill millions of domestic animals for food.. What is the big deal about a dog?

Are dogs some kind of better animal than beef cattle that it should be a crime to kill them.?

Drunkenness is a potential problem.


Killing animals is a Problem period


Exactly on the dog....Unless you are vegetarian, you eat dead animals that somebody has killed all the time!. Maybe he regretted it, but it's an's not a person!

Linda James

What a poor excuse for a man!!! I hope he gets alot of jail time and gets a beat down everyday hes there.This is why some people should never have kids,guns or pets.😥😥


Are you a vegetarian?


Lock him up...period. If he has this kind of poor judgement, he would easily get behind a wheel after drinking, aiming gun at another person, who knows. Make an example of him!




12 beers, really?

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