Gunter, courtesy of the Lee County Sheriff’s Office

A Lee County woman has been charged with animal cruelty after allegedly shooting a dog that “kept barking.”

Cynthia Susan Gunter, 58, of Steel Bridge Road, faces counts of cruelty to animals and injury to personal property, according to the Lee County Sheriff’s Office. She was charged on Tuesday.

According to Lee County sheriff’s deputies, Bradley Beavers reported on May 28 that he had been “practicing with his dog,” a coon hound, “on leased property” and found the dog shot behind Gunter’s home on Steel Bridge Road. After questioning, Gunter “admitted shooting the animal because it kept barking,” deputies said.

Cruelty to animals is a class 1 misdemeanor in North Carolina, punishable by up to 120 days in jail and/or a fine.

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