Wednesday, April 25, 2018
Public safety

Port Richey man shoots dog with flare gun, deputies say

PORT RICHEY — A 28-year-old man is accused of shooting a flare gun at a dog on Saturday after a fight with the pet's owner.

The dog had a quarter-sized burn on its hind leg and suffered burns to its face and whiskers, the Pasco County Sheriff's Office said. Christopher Aquilino is accused of shooting the flare gun during an argument with the dog's owner, Troy Lindbom, 24, at the house they shared at 7120 Mayfield Drive in Port Richey. Another roommate, Matthew Rossetti, 22, is also listed as a victim. The argument might have been about Aquilino's girlfriend, a Sheriff's Office report states.

Aquilino was arrested Saturday and charged with two counts of aggravated assault and one count of cruelty to animals. He was released Monday from the Pasco jail on $4,500 bail.

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