Man rescued dog he allegedly shot
December 17, 2013
A Gardnerville Ranchos man who allegedly emptied a pistol three times, killing a dog that bit him, originally adopted the animal to keep it from being put down.
James Skiman, 61, appeared in East Fork Justice Court on Monday on charges related to the Nov. 19 shooting incident.
Justice of the Peace Tom Perkins appointed attorney Jamie Henry to represent Skiman and ordered him to return to court on Jan. 8.
Skiman was arrested on charges of resisting arrest, possession of a firearm while intoxicated, animal cruelty and discharging of a firearm. He is out on bail.
According to the sheriff's office, Skiman was still firing a .45-caliber handgun at the dog when deputies arrived at his Rubio Way home.
"Skiman, who was intoxicated, had fired 27 rounds from his .45-cal handgun at his dog that bit him, which lie dead on the front porch of the house," the report said.
Skiman told them that his dog, 11-year-old Banner, an English pointer mix, bit him on the lip after he came up from behind the dog.
He told deputies he emptied his nine-shot pistol three times at the dog.
Banner was the topic of a letter to the editor Skiman wrote in 2012 critical of the Douglas Animal Welfare Group. On Monday he told Perkins he'd volunteered for the group.
According to Skiman, Banner had bitten a 4-year-old girl in the face and was turned over to the Douglas County Animal Shelter. There, Banner, who suffered from a bad left eye, bit a volunteer on the hand, causing some damage. Skiman fostered Banner for eight months. In 2011, Skiman adopted the dog after he came to believe it would be put down by the animal shelter.
The dog bit Skiman in the throat in 2012, requiring that he receive stitches.
Skiman told Perkins that he was a former Los Angeles County Sheriff's Deputy who was injured during a high-speed pursuit and received a medical discharge. He said he formerly worked for Mono County probation. He said he cares for his elderly parents, with whom he lives.
"I've never been in trouble in the 20 years I've lived in Nevada," he said.