Spring woman accused of shooting two dogs

June 21, 2011 12:15:16 PM PDT
Officials say a Spring woman shot two dogs that she said attacked her, and now she's facing charges. Stacie Ellen Fender, 32, is charged with cruelty to animals over the incident on June 6. Fender reportedly told a deputy that two dogs had attacked her through a fence, and she had them contained in her backyard. According to court documents, she then asked the deputy if he was going to shoot the dogs. Instead, he told her animal control had been notified and should arrive in a few hours.

A few hours later, the same deputy was called back to Fender's home. She reportedly told him she thought the dogs were trying to escape from her yard, so she went to investigate and was attacked by both dogs, so she shot them.

Animal control officers took custody of the dogs, which were both seriously injured. One dog was shot in the face and the other was shot in the chest.

An eyewitness to the shooting told officials the dogs weren't acting aggressively, and the shooting didn't appear warranted.

Bond has been set at $2,000 in the felony case.

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