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Authorities: Pair charged in botched plan to shoot, kill dog

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Posted at 11:38 AM, Oct 12, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-12 11:38:57-04

Authorities say a New Jersey couple shot their dog with a BB gun in a botched effort to kill it because they couldn’t afford to care for it.

Animal cruelty charges were recently filed against 26-year-old Keith Ropp, of Mount Olive, and 24-year-old Carly McBride, of Long Valley.

Authorities say the couple brought their 10-year-old border collie, Scout, to a veterinary clinic Saturday and claimed a stranger shot the dog. But the veterinarian became suspicious when the couple’s stories didn’t match up and he called police.

Officers later found pellets in Ropp’s wallet and a BB handgun that McBride said belonged to her.

It wasn’t known Friday if either Ropp or McBride have retained attorneys.

Scout is doing well and has been adopted by a vet at the clinic.