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November 22, 2013
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Man who shot dog out on bail

A Gardnerville Ranchos man who was arrested after he allegedly fired a pistol 27 times to kill a pet dog who bit him, posted bail on Wednesday and has been released from jail.

James Skiman, 61, is scheduled to appear in East Fork Justice Court for arraignment on Dec. 16. He was arrested on Tuesday night after deputies arrived at his Rubio Way home to find he was still firing his .45 caliber.

After Skiman was taken into custody, Deputies learned that he had received a torn lip when his dog, an 11-year-old English pointer mix, bit him in the face. He said that he approached the rescue dog from behind and stroked the back of its head. It turned around and lunged at his face, biting his lower lip.

Skiman chased the dog out the front door. He got his handgun off the couch and loaded it before he went outside. When he spotted the animal inside its doghouse, he emptied the handgun into the structure. He then went inside and reloaded the weapon. When he went back outside, he told deputies he saw the dog lying in the southwest corner of the porch and emptied the gun again. He went back inside to reload a third time, before he went back outside and fired nine more rounds at the dog.

Skiman allegedly told deputies he wanted to make sure the dog was dead, and continued to shoot it until it stopped moving.

He reportedly downed five shots of whiskey before the incident occurred.

Skiman was taken to Carson Valley Medical Center where he was treated for his injuries and then arrested for possession of a firearm while intoxicated and animal cruelty.

While out on bail, he is forbidden to possess drugs, alcohol or firearms.

He is under the supervision of the Department of Alternative Sentencing and subject to random testing and search and seizure.

The dog bit Skiman in the throat about a year ago.

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The Record Courier Updated Nov 22, 2013 09:32AM Published Dec 2, 2013 04:08PM Copyright 2013 The Record Courier. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.