Man recalls witnessing New Mexico hunter shoot his dog

New Mexico News

The hunting partner of the man accused of shooting his own dog is speaking out. 

Bailey Perez says he won’t forget seeing a 3-year-old yellow lab named “Gypsy” get shot. Her owner, Dustin Coker, worked with Perez, and went duck hunting with him in Carlsbad last month. 

During a hunt, he says Coker shot Gypsy out of frustration when Gypsy would not retrieve three ducks. 

“I heard a gunshot and a bunch of yelping and I like, spun around real quick and Gypsy was in the water splashing around, swimming in circles with a bunch of blood everywhere,” Perez said.

Perez called the sheriff’s office. Coker is charged with extreme animal cruelty for Gypsy’s death.

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