Couple charged in botched plan to kill their dog with a BB gun

A Morris County couple was charged Thursday with animal cruelty after they shot their dog with a BB gun eight times in a botched effort to kill it.

But when the dog did not die in the Saturday incident, Keith Ropp, 26, of Mount Olive, and his girlfriend Carly McBride, 24, of Long Valley, took the dog to Flanders Veterinary Clinic, police said in a criminal complaint.

The couple told veterinarian Dr. Nicholas Minervini that they were walking their 10-year-old border collie, Scout, when a stranger shot it, according to police records.

Minervini told police that the incident made him suspicious because the couple told him they did not call the police after the shooting, and that their stories were inconsistent, according to the criminal complaint.

Police investigated and found pellets like the ones lodged inside Scout in Ropp’s wallet and McBride later admitted that the BB handgun belonged to her, according to complaint.

The couple then told police that they had been trying to find a home for Scout after they could no longer afford to take care of him, but were unable to do so due to his age and hatched the plan to shoot him “two hours prior to committing the actual act,” the criminal complaint stated.

Court records show that Ropp and McBride were originally charged with weapons offenses and released. 

However, Ropp was charged Thursday with animal cruelty and conspiracy to commit animal cruelty and was taken to Morris County Jail, court records show.

McBride was also charged conspiracy to commit animal cruelty and was released pending a court hearing, court records.

Scout is doing well and was adopted by veterinarian Dr. Jesse Gasparro and will now be clinic’s mascot, the Daily Record reported.

Chris Sheldon may be reached at csheldon@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @chrisrsheldon Find NJ.com on Facebook.

 

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