Animals

Fort Lauderdale Man Shot Grandmother's Dog With Shotgun, Police Say

A Fort Lauderdale man walked over to his grandmother's house with a shotgun, said "he had something for Grandma," and then shot her German shepherd mix.

The dog was hospitalized but eventually died from her wounds.

Police have no motive for the shooting, other than the man saying he had something for his grandmother.

Marvell Calloway, 35, showed up at his grandmother's house on the 2400 block of NW 26th Street shortly before 3 p.m. Wednesday and shot her dog, Maya.

Calls to 911 described how Calloway shot the dog in its side, then placed the shotgun inside a box and hid the box.

When cops arrived on the scene, they noticed Calloway shouting inside the backyard, where the dog was.

They ordered him to get down on the ground and cuffed him.

Deputies then found two shotgun shells in Calloway's pocket. A relative showed police where the box with the gun was stashed away. It was under the front end of a green Lincoln parked several blocks from the house.

Meanwhile, deputies found Maya in the backyard. She was still alive but bleeding from her gunshot wound.

She was immediately taken to Broward Animal Control and Care but was sent to Coral Springs Animal Hospital, where she died from her wounds.

Calloway was arrested and charged with two counts of possession of a weapon and ammunition by a convicted felon, discharging a firearm in public, and causing the cruel death of an animal with pain and suffering. He was also ordered to stay away from his grandmother's house and to have no contact with her.

Records show that he has a prior history of violence, having been convicted multiple times on battery charges. His bond was set at $56,000.

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