Florida Man Who Shot Dog in the Face Gets 18 Months Prison Time

Jamier Lee-Bright, 26, of Palm Coast, was sentenced to 18 months in prison for shooting his dog ‘Rocky’ in the face at his home in April last year.

Flagler County deputies responded to the home after neighbors reported hearing gunshots. A man at the house, Jamier Lee-Bright, initially denied hearing anything. But deputies became suspicious after they noticed smeared blood on Lee-Bright’s face and saw a freshly dug hole in his backyard.

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The news release states that Lee-Bright then changed his story and allegedly told detectives that he woke up to a family member screaming that Rocky had bitten her.

According to the release, Lee-Bright grabbed a firearm, took the dog outside, and shot the dog once in the head.

Jamier Lee-Bright

He then dragged the dog back inside, locked it in the kennel, and attempted to clean the blood from his patio, authorities said. The dog had been left in the kennel for over two hours before deputies arrived.

Rocky was found in the kennel in visible pain and taken to an animal hospital. The bullet went through his snout and bottom lip, into his neck and shoulder area, and through his left front leg, the sheriff’s office said.

Rocky had to get staples in his snout, a drain in his neck, numerous stitches, and a metal pin in his leg.

Lee-Bright pled guilty to felony cruelty to animals and tampering with physical evidence. He was also sentenced to 42 months of probation following his release.

Lee-Bright will also be placed on the animal abuse registry and is required to have no contact with any animals, complete a mental health evaluation and forfeit his firearm to the sheriff’s office.

“Justice has finally been served to Rocky’s shooter,” Sheriff Rick Staly said in a statement. “Lashing out against your pet is never the right answer.”

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Rocky has since been adopted by Hayden Ore, a crime analyst in the sheriff’s office, and his wife. According to the release, the couple said that the dog has shown no signs of aggression and is a wonderful addition to the family.

“Thankfully, Rocky is now living happily with Analyst Ore and his wife and no longer has to live in fear,” Sheriff Staly said.

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