Kennedy man could spend nearly 2 years in jail for shooting dog in face
An Allegheny County judge on Tuesday sentenced a Kennedy man to six to 23 months in jail for shooting his girlfriend's dog in the face just a few feet from their 5-week-old son.
“The facts of this case, to me, are outrageous,” Common Pleas Judge Anthony M. Mariani told Brian Foley, 29, whom the judge convicted in January of cruelty to animals and recklessly endangering another person. “Maybe you were drunk. But being drunk was no excuse for shooting a dog in a cage in the face.”
Foley, who has attended more than 100 Alcoholics Anonymous meetings and received his nine-month sobriety coin since the May 18 incident at his then-fiancee's home along Moon Run Road in Robinson, got his commercial driver's license and planned to start a job this week, said his attorney, Kenneth Fryncko Jr.
Foley said he is working to become a better person, by staying sober and having a good family life.
“There is not a day that goes by that I (don't) think about that night,” he told the judge.
Police said Foley was drinking heavily at a backyard campfire the night of the shooting, before going inside the house. Brandi Francis, his former fiancée with whom he since has reconciled, told police she was outside smoking when she heard a gunshot. She walked inside to find her 6-month-old shepherd mix, Molly, shot in the face and a .22-caliber rifle in Foley's hands.
Foley told police he was unloading the weapon and it accidentally went off. The dog survived but is partially blind. Their son was not injured.
When Foley's father, Robert Foley, characterized the shooting as an “accident,” Mariani interrupted and told him he wouldn't listen if he was going to proclaim his son's innocence.
“He did mean to do this. (The gun) was pointed at a dog in a cage. That dog had no ability to move,” Mariani said. “You can't make up for this after the fact.”
Adam Brandolph is a Trib Total Media staff writer. Reach him at 412-391-0927 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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