Woman arrested for shooting neighbor’s dog with stun gun for barking too loud at Kmart workers


Mahesh Sarin 
By: Shirlee Hiller

A woman in Florida, was arrested after a dog suffered injuries when it was shot with a stun gun.

The woman of Key West, used the stun gun on her neighbor's 45-pound pit bull mix.

Shirlee Hiller, 53, was charged with misdemeanor animal cruelty. She faces up to one year in jail and a $5,000 fine if she is convicted of the crime.

Police were called to the 2900 block of Patterson Avenue, after Hiller started yelling at her neighbor's dog for barking in its owner's backyard.

According to police, the dog was barking loudly due to “activity at the Kmart loading area, which is directly behind the dog owner’s home.”

The dog’s owner, Permelia Smith, 41, told police that seconds after the barking began, Hiller zapped the dog with a stun gun.

The dog had blisters, bumps and redness on the inside of its legs, hips and groin “consistent with being exposed to an electric weapon,” police said.

Hiller told police that she never attacked the dog and only threatened to use the stun gun on it.

The black and white dog was taken to the vet and appears to have no permanent injuries, according to Matt Royer, chief operating officer of Florida Keys SPCA.

Police removed the “electric weapon” from the suspect’s home when she was arrested.