Tuesday May 27 2008
Rocklin man, 76, arrested for allegedly shooting dog
By: ToLewis, The Placer Herald
A 76-year-old Rocklin man was arrested Sunday for allegedly shooting his own dog several times in the back of the head. Rocklin Police responded to the home of Argene Corbett Millard in the 5700 block of Casa Grande Avenue around 9 a.m. after reports of shots being fired in the area. An investigation revealed a deceased 6-month-old German shepherd in the backyard. The dog, whose name was “Jack,” had suffered gun shot wounds to its head, according to Rocklin Police Lt. Lon Milka. Millard was arrested for animal cruelty and negligent discharge of a firearm and booked into Placer County Jail, Milka said. He was later released on bail. “We have reason to believe that the dog was causing some damage to his backyard and he was not happy about that,” Milka said. Neighbor Carla Powell was sleeping when she heard the gunshots. “It was so loud, I thought someone was in the house,” Powell said. Eleven other dogs, including another German shepherd and Chihuahuas, were taken into protective custody to the Placer County Animal Shelter, Milka said. Powell said Millard kept many small dogs in his house and two large dogs in the back yard. “That one dog just barked all day long. The poor thing was just bored, you just knew it,” she said. “I don’t believe they let it in the house and they certainly didn’t take that poor thing for a walk.” Powell said her neighbors would often let the smaller dogs out of the house in the front yard, unattended, to “do their duty” but the larger dogs would remain in the back yard. Milka said the Rocklin Police Department has responded to several calls in the area regarding loose Chihuahua’s roaming the neighborhood. “The dog’s have chased my son,” Powell said. “They’ve chased the mailman, they would confront other peoples’ dog’s in their front yards. But the big dogs were pretty much ignored.” Neighbor Bob Benoit said he could not comment on if he thought Millard was a responsible pet owner. “I can’t say that because I don’t know what he does over there in his yard, I have no idea,” Benoit said. “We’ve been here for 30 years and as far as that goes, I can’t say anything bad about him. I would say he’s a very good friend. He’d do anything for his friends.” Powell said there have been an excessive amount of dogs at Millard’s residence for quite some time. “It was like they were collecting dogs,” Powell said. The current municipal code allows for no more than three dogs at a given residence, Milka said. Milka said the other dogs that were taken from the residence were healthy and in good condition.