ECSO: Cantonment woman held on $20,000 bond in dog's shooting death

Photo: Escambia County Jail log

A Cantonment woman has been accused of shooting and killing her dog she claimed was misbehaving.

The Escambia County Sheriff's Office arrested 27-year-old Amanda Cay Carpenter on Friday.

According to the arrest report, deputies were called to a home on Ryale Road after reports of shots fired.

A neighbor told deputies she heard two gunshots, a dog crying, a third gunshot, and then silence.

The report adds when the neighbor walked outside to see what was going on she saw Carpenter outside with a gun.

In an interview with deputies, the arrest report said Carpenter claimed her nine-month-old pit bull "chewed up and damaged several items in her room."

In the report, Carpenter also told deputies the dog tried to bite her in the face when she tried to grab it.

A portion of the report is redacted after Carpenter admitted to deputies that she put the dog outside. After the redaction, the report states, "From where Carpenter shot, she was shooting in the direction of another trailer which was only approximately 40 feet away from her."

When asked by deputies why she didn't just leave the dog locked in the yard and call animal control to remove it, Carpenter could not provide an answer, the report said.

Carpenter is being held at the Escambia County Jail on a $20,000 bond and charged with firing a weapon in public and torturing or killing an animal.

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