Authorities: NJ Couple Shot Dog With BB Gun Because They Couldn't Afford It - NBC New York

Authorities: NJ Couple Shot Dog With BB Gun Because They Couldn't Afford It

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    Authorities: NJ Couple Shot Dog With BB Gun Because They Couldn't Afford It
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    Scout with a veterinarian at the Flanders Veterinary Clinic.

    Authorities say a New Jersey couple shot their dog with a BB gun in a botched effort to kill it because they couldn't afford to care for it.

    Animal cruelty charges were recently filed against 26-year-old Keith Ropp, of Mount Olive, and 24-year-old Carly McBride, of Long Valley.

    Authorities say the couple brought their 10-year-old border collie, Scout, to a veterinary clinic Saturday and claimed a stranger shot the dog. But the veterinarian became suspicious when the couple's stories didn't match up and he called police.

    Officers later found pellets in Ropp's wallet and a BB handgun that McBride said belonged to her.

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    It wasn't known Friday if either Ropp or McBride have retained attorneys.

    Scout is doing well and has been adopted by a vet at the clinic.

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