Man fires 27 times to kill pet dog |

Man fires 27 times to kill pet dog

Staff Reports
James Skiman
Douglas County Sheriff’s Office |

A Gardnerville Ranchos man who allegedly fired a pistol 27 times to kill the dog who bit him, was taken into custody on Tuesday night.

James Skiman, 61, was reportedly still firing his .45 caliber handgun when deputies arrived at his Rubio Way home at 9:20 p.m.

They surrounded the front of the property and found Skiman on the front porch of a second home still armed.

He was ordered to drop his weapon, but at first refused before he dropped the handgun, and got down on the ground, according to the sheriff’s report.

Deputies learned that Skiman 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 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. He didn’t see the dog when he walked around the house, then spotted the animal in the doghouse and emptied the handgun into the side. He then went back inside and reloaded. He went back outside and saw the dog lying in the southwest corner of the porch and emptied the gun again. He went back inside and loaded the gun 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.

Skiman was taken to Carson Valley Medical Center where he was treated for his injuries and then arrested on charges of resisting arrest, possession of a firearm while intoxicated, animal cruelty and discharging of a firearm. He posted bail, and is scheduled to appear in East Fork Justice Court on Dec. 16. While out on bail, he is forbidden to possess drugs, alcohol or firearms.

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

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

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