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  • Writer's pictureRobin Lyons

The Barking Dog

Almost everyone has, at some point, had a neighbor with a barking dog. If you aren’t on friendly terms with the neighbor, there’s not much you can do about the lonely canine. Unless, in most places, it’s after 10:00 pm, then you can call the non-emergency number to your local law enforcement who will go to the neighbor and ask them to control the dog. Sometimes that can backfire and agitate the neighbor, which never turns out well.


In this true crime, the woman who had listened to her last bark from the neighbor’s dog went to the neighbor directly. She didn't ask them to control their dog—which she may have previously done. Instead, the frustrated woman stormed into the dog owner’s home. Words happened and then she shot the dog owner.


When law enforcement arrived, the wounded victim was outside. Officers rendered aid by applying a tourniquet, then medics transported her to the hospital. She survived the gunshot wounds. The dog was not harmed.


Law enforcement arrested the angry 56-year-old neighbor. They charged her with multiple crimes of home invasion, reckless conduct, aggravated assault, and attempted murder. Rather than go to trial, she pleaded guilty to attempted murder and home invasion.


A state judge sentenced her to 27 years in prison. If she has good behavior, the state judicial system may release her early.



Source: Georgia Superior Court, Flowery Branch Police Dept., Law & Crime

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