Longmont man found guilty of shooting pit bull Beefcakes

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Beefcakes. (Photo: Longmont Humane Society)

Beefcakes. (Photo: Longmont Humane Society)

BOULDER, Colo. — A Longmont man who was arrested in connection with the shooting and abandonment of a pit bull who was named Beefcakes by his rescuers was found guilty of animal cruelty by a Boulder County jury on Thursday.

Russell Middleton, 38, was arrested last year and could face 12 to 18 months in prison, the Boulder Daily Camera reported. He is still waiting trial on three counts of possession of a weapon by a previous offender, one count of violating bail bond conditions and one count of violating a criminal protection order.

Prosecutors said Middleton shot Beefcakes in the face after he got into a fight with his girlfriend’s Chihuahua. The dog was found by a person driving near U.S. 36 and St. Vrain Road on July 7.  A bullet was lodged in the dog’s jaw and his jaw bone was fractured in multiple locations.

“That bullet missed vital areas by millimeters,” Rhea Moriarity with the Longmont Humane Society said last year. “His jaw is shattered and broken in several different places.”

The 62-pound dog was adopted in April after several surgeries.