ROLLINSVILLE, Colo. -- A Gilpin County man allegedly shot his neighbor’s dog after it crossed onto his property, but it’s what he did next that likely led to criminal charges.
Eric Miller, 53, faces a felony count of aggravated animal cruelty and petty theft after he allegedly shot the dog multiple times, buried it and then lied about the encounter.
“It really messed me up,” said Josh Davis, who owned the dog, Ragnar, who was shot and killed.
Davis said Ragnar was friendly and never encountered a problem with neighbors near his rural neighborhood near Rollinsville. But when he let Ragnar outside two weeks ago, Davis’ roommate said he heard a gunshot followed by the sounds of a crying dog coming from private land next door.
“You wouldn’t think that someone would shoot your dog,” Davis said. “They drove up to the guy’s property. He had an AR-15 in his hand and said, ‘I didn’t shoot a dog.’”
But when Ragnar didn’t come home, Davis said they revisited the property the next day.
“We found a blood trail coming down, off the back of the hill from (Miller’s) property,” Davis said.
At the bottom of the hill his roommate found shallow grave.
“He stuck his hands in and about 8 inches deep was Ragnar’s body,” Davis said.
Ragnar had two gunshot wounds to the chest.
“That’s a really violent, senseless act,” Davis said. “(Miller) could have said anything. What am I going to do? You’re a man with a gun I’m standing in your yard. You know, at least be like, there’s your dog, get him out of the yard, and then it would have been what it is. My dog ran into somebody’s yard and he shot him.”
Somebody recently gave Davis a new puppy after hearing about what happened to Ragnar. He said he’s just beginning to move forward, and he’s not too interested in looking back.
“I don’t want to think about seeing that guy,” Davis said. “I don’t want to think about seeing him.”
FOX31 Denver could not reach Miller for comment on Friday. Because of the charges, he was not arrested. He is due in court in December.