Pet Owner Shoots at Neighbor in Dog Dispute

By Ashanti Blaize
|  Wednesday, Sep 29, 2010  |  Updated 6:49 PM CDT
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Ashanti Blaize, NBCDFW.com

Patricia Barlow is accused of shooting at her neighbor after he complained about her dog on his property.

Police say a South Dallas woman faces felony charges after a dispute over her dog escalated into a shooting.

Dallas police said Patricia Barlow, 44, shot at her neighbor during the argument in the 3700 block of Myrtle Street at about 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. The neighbor, Donald Rogers, said he was angry because her dog kept coming onto his property.

"They had been arguing all day about it," Senior Cpl. Janice Crowther said. "Finally, it sounds like to me, she just had enough and went inside, and she got a gun, and she actually fired a shot at her neighbor."

The bullet didn't hit Rogers, but he called police, telling them he feared for his life.

"Everybody involved is very grateful that no one was hit by the bullet," Crowther said. "I'm sure she is as well."

Crowther said Dallas police see neighbor disputes escalate more often than they'd like.

"This is something that people get out of control and get out of hand when they get very, very angry," Crowther said. "But there are measures, steps you can take to avoid this."

Barlow faces a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, a second-degree felony.

Police said they do not know what happened to Barlow's dog after her arrest. Rogers said he hasn't seen the animal since her arrest.

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