Joshua Ingersoll, 32, was charged with animal cruelty, reckless discharge of a firearm and not having a FOID card. It happend in the 2000 block of Arden Drive in Champaign.
"I've been in law enforcmeent for 13 years this is the first time we've responded to something like this so it was a little surprisng," said Champaign K-9 Officer Kristina Trock. "I felt bad for the little guy I mean he's a little 8 pound Yorkshire Terrier and you know, innocent little thing so of course I felt bad for him, so I wanted to do everything I possibly could for him."
Police said Ingersoll took the dog to the Animal Emergency Clinic at 9:46 p.m. Saturday night. he told workers that the dog had accidently been shot while hunting deer and coyotes. Trock said the clinic called police and said the owner shot it it.
Police got a search warrant to go through Ingersoll's home and found an AK-47 rifle, a shot gun, three hand guns, ammunition, and spent casisings. Evidence showed the dog had been shot while in the residence.
They said Ingersoll was drunk at the time. The dog was shot in the left side of his back and sustained an exit wound to his hind leg. Police said the dog needed surgery but is recovering.