Man accused of shooting neighbor's dog, leaving it to die in trash can

Bryan Flowers, 44, is accused of shooting his neighbor's dog and dumping it in a nearby trash can. (KOKH)

An Oklahoma City man has been arrested after allegedly shooting and killing his neighbor's dog.

Oklahoma City Police Department reports show that at approximately 5 p.m. March 21 officers were called after a man had shot a dog in the 2600 block of SW 66 Street.

A neighbor on scene told police they had heard one gunshot, a dog "yelp" and then a second gunshot. The neighbor then saw the suspect, 44-year-old Bryan Flowers, leave the scene.

"We never thought we were going to lose Diesel. We thought of course Diesel was going to grow old with us. You know, we're all going to be happy," said the dog's owner Hilda Flores.

While on scene a 9-year-old walked out of a home and approached police. The boy told officers that his cat had gotten into his neighbor's backyard and their dog had killed it. The boy then told his father, Flowers, who reportedly then went into the neighbor's backyard to retrieve the cat. The dog allegedly lunged at Flowers while in the backyard, so Flowers reportedly shot him.

Officers were unable to find the dog on scene, but did find a small pool of blood. The owners of the dog report that two days later they found their dog alive and suffering from a gunshot wound in a nearby trash can. The dog was taken to a veterinarian for medical care and later put down. They tell FOX 25 that their dog never killed the neighbor's cat.

"Diesel couldn't eat, he couldn't lift up his head to drink water," Flores said. "He was just there laying in the little section they had him. He was just crying."

Flowers was later arrested and booked into the Oklahoma County Jail on a complaint of animal cruelty.

"There's not enough evidence, at least at this point, to support the claim that it was an act of self defense," said Oklahoma City Police Officer Travis Vernier. "He took the dog after shooting it, which is a crime. In fact, that's a felony crime."

Neighbors tell FOX 25 since this happened in their neighborhood, it's a little unnerving.

"Makes me fearful for my dogs. You know, if he can do that do a dog, what can you do to a person?" said concerned neighbor Dorothy Klein.

The family has established a fundraiser to help pay for Diesel's medical costs.

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