A 24-year-old man who police said appeared to be drunk was arrested in Red Lion and charged with shooting a puppy in the neck, Delaware State Police announced Monday. 

Accordng to authorities, troopers were dispatched to the 3800 block of Wrangle Hill Road around 8 a.m. on Sunday, September 15, 2019, for reports of shots fired and ultimately took Jesse E. Davis into custody. 

Police said Davis, of Bear, fired a gun in the presence of a 23-year-old woman and struck the 4-month-old puppy in the neck. 

The dog, a black-and-tan German Shepherd-Husky mix named Nova, was found hiding under a stack of wood pallets in the backyard, and treated at the scene, then transported by Delaware Animal Services to the Newark VCA. 

Police seized a firearm at the scene and charged Davis with first-degree reckless endangering, possession of a firearm during commission of a felony, cruelly injuring any animal, and discharging a firearm within 15 yards of a public roadway. He was committed to the Howard R. Young Correctional Institution in lieu of $36,050 secured bond.