Massillon man accused of shooting his own dog in the face

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MASSILLON, Ohio (WJW)-- The owner of a dog with a gunshot wound to his face is now facing charges.

Kevin Fishburn (Photo courtesy: Stark County Sheriff's Office)

A warrant was issued on Wednesday for Kevin Fishburn, 23, of Massillon, for prohibitions concerning a companion animal.

The 3-year-old German shepherd was found last week in a rural area near the Stark County and Tuscarawas County border. He was taken to a veterinarian for treatment, then to the Stark County Dog Warden.

The Stark County Sheriff's Office said Fishburn told deputies he gave Zeus away a week before. He later said he took the dog on a walk on public hunting grounds, where the animal became aggressive. According to the police report, Fishburn said the dog charged at him so he pulled out his gun and shot him. He said he thought the dog was dead so he removed the collar and ID, before leaving.

The sheriff's office said Zeus, who is expected to recover, has shown no signs of aggression.

Investigators determined Fishburn intentionally shot Zeus in the face, according to court documents.

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