WILLOUGHBY, OH (WOIO) - The man charged with killing his former neighbor's dog was in court on Wednesday.
26-year-old Brent Parker is accused of fatally shooting 13-year-old Thai at her Kirtland-Chardon Road home in November.
Thai, a black Labrador, could have been shot as many as five times.
Her owner, Dave Davidson, believes Thai was killed for no reason.
"To me, he's a sick individual who kills animals for nothing more than the thrill of killing," Davidson said in court. "She (Thai) was actually born on my birthday, which made her that much more special."
The case is getting national support from an Animal Rights Group from Albuquerque, New Mexico. They are pushing for Parker to get the maximum sentence by gathering signatures on an online petition.
No word on Parker's next court date at this time.