Deputies arrested a man in the Jones Valley area northeast of Redding after he allegedy shot his dog, according to the Shasta County Sheriff's Office.
Darvin Rodrigues initially told deputies who responded to the Friday call that he'd accidentally shot the dog with an air gun.
Deputies initially responded to the report of gunfire on the 14000 block of Hill Vista Court, off Dry Creek Road about 8 miles northeast of Redding.
Rodrigues, who had dried blood on his hands, told deputies the blood was from the dog, the Sheriff's Office said.
Deputies found in Rodrigues' backyard a .22-caliber handgun with the serial number removed. An investigation revealed that Rodrigues intentionally shot the dog after it left his yard and eating a neighbor's shoe, according to the Sheriff's Office dispatch logs.
The dog hadn't been treated for its wounds, so sheriff's animal control officers took the dog for medical care, deputies said.
Authorities also arrested Rodrigues, who was on post-release community supervision for assault with a deadly weapon and has prior felony convictions, the Sheriff's Office said.
Deputies booked him into the Shasta County Jail on suspicion of animal cruelty, violating his supervision and weapons charges.