Cops: William Lowe Shot Puppy With High-Powered Pellet Gun
If 20-year-old William Lowe's aspiring to become a ruthless serial killer, he may be on the right track. Like Ted Bundy, Jeffery Dahmer, and David Berkowitz before they were cold-blooded killers, Lowe apparently gets his kicks by hurting defenseless animals.
According to police, Lowe shot a puppy with a high-powered pellet gun last week. The puppy lived, and Lowe claims he didn't shoot the animal. However, his girlfriend tells police he's got a bit of a history when it comes to shooting helpless dogs.
According to court records obtained by New Times, about 5 p.m. Wednesday, Lowe shot the dog as it was playing in his neighbor's yard in Buckeye.
The dog -- at 5 months old -- was seriously injured.
The weapon police say Lowe used to shoot the puppy is a .177 caliber pellet gun, which can fire a pellet anywhere from 500-1,200 feet-per-second.
The pellet Lowe allegedly shot at the puppy hit it in the chest. It can be seen in X-rays of the dog's heart and lungs.
A gun similar to the one used to shoot the dog was found inside Lowe's house, as well as several pellets matching the one seen in X-rays of the dog's chest.
Lowe, however, claims he's not responsible.
Police later spoke with Lowe's girlfriend, who told them Lowe admitted to shooting the dog -- and he says he's shot several other dogs in the past.
Lowe, the girlfriend tells police, says he'd planned to approach the dog's owner and offer to pay the veterinary bills.
"We shot their dog. We're going to make it right," the girlfriend says Lowe told her.
Before any payment is made for the dog's vet bills, Lowe's got some explaining to do in front of a judge -- he was booked into jail on one count each of animal cruelty, disorderly conduct with a weapon (both felonies), and misdemeanor animal cruelty.
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