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Monday, Jan 10, 2011County: Cumberland
Charges: Felony Non-CTA
Alleged: Patricia Ann Smith
A Casco woman was charged this morning with reckless conduct with a firearm after she shot a .38 caliber revolver at a neighbor's Labrador retriever, missing the dog but potentially endangering people in nearby homes, authorities said.
Deputies with the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office charged Patricia Ann Smith, 47, at her home on 40 Tassel Trail.
Deputies initially responded at 6:41 a.m. to a report of a woman who had shot a black lab that was chasing her grandson. They found that Smith had fired at the dog, but after the grandson had already boarded the school bus.
Smith had left her house to confront the dog which was not in her yard but on the public right of way, said Lt. Thomas Williams. Her claim that she needed to shoot to defend herself or someone else was not true, he said.
The neighborhood includes several homes close together, he said. She was charged and taken to Cumberland County Jail then released on $560 bail.
Smith had previously complained to police about the dog, saying it bothered her by barking, and has complained about the neighbors who own the dog.
If convicted of the felony, Smith would be barred from owning a gun.
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