TRUSSVILLE, Ala. — Police say a man has been charged with attempted murder after attempting to shoot a man, but shooting his own dog instead. reports that Trussville police were responding to a report of shots fired on Saturday and found 38-year-old Michael Jeremy Downs trying to leave the scene.

Police determined that Downs had attempted to shoot a man he was arguing with, but instead shot his own dog that had been seated near the man.

The dog is expected to recover and is being treated at a local humane society.

Downs was being held on bail. It’s unclear if he has a lawyer.

Information from: The Birmingham News,

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