Man Shoots Pit Bull, Is Charged By Boca PD

Patrick Barry, Courtesy Boca Raton Police Department.

Patrick Barry, Courtesy Boca Raton Police Department.

BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) — Patrick Barry, a Boca Raton resident, is being locked up this afternoon following his arrest for shooting a pit bull in his neighborhood. Ed Note: BocaNewsNow.com recommended Barry’s animal control business last year and used his services several weeks ago. We had no idea that a charge like this was pending. 

Patrick Barry from his animal control website.

Patrick Barry from his animal control website.

From Boca PD:

On May 7, 2014 Boca Raton Police Officers responded to an animal complaint at 901 NE 2nd Terrance. Officers met with Patrick Barry who lives next door. Barry told officers he was walking his American Bulldog when his neighbor’s pit bull, Alize, charged them. Barry told officers he was in fear so he pulled out the .38 revolver he was carrying and shot the dog. Barry has a valid Carrying Concealed Weapon (CCW) permit. The owner of the pit bull, Jennifer Burga, was in the house and did not see what happened.

Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control (PBACC) officers responded and spoke with Barry and Burga. PBACC examined Alize and saw she was shot on the underside of the tail near the dog’s body. Burga brought Alize to a veterinarian for treatment.

Boca Raton Police detectives made contact with several witnesses who saw Barry walk alone from his home to Burga’s home and shoot Alize as she was lying down in Burga’s yard. Both witnesses said Barry did not have his dog with him and Alize never made any aggressive movements towards him. Neither saw a gun, but heard the gunshot.

Detectives contacted the veterinarian who treated Alize. The vet said Alize was shot on the underside of the tail, and she believed the dog was shot while it was lying down or walking away. Detectives spoke with Barry on the phone but he refused to meet in person.

Based on the findings of the investigation, detectives charged Barry with felony cruelty to animals, filing a false report of a crime, and discharging a firearm in public. Barry was arrested on July 8 without incident.

----------------

BocaNewsNow.com is the leading site for news and information based in Boca Raton, Florida. We have surpassed 2.5-million page views.


We remind readers that an arrest is an accusation. Guilt or innocence is determined in a court of law. Please email us at news(at)bocanewsnow.com if the facts of a news story involving you have changed. This is not a mugshot website. While under no obligation to do so, we will effort to update arrest reports when provided with official information by the arrestee.

Note that ip addresses are logged and may be shared with law enforcement in unique situations.


For advertising information or to submit news tips, please email news(at)BocaNewsNow.com. BocaNewsNow(TM) is a Trademark of MetroDesk Media, LLC. The name may not be used without written permission.


  6 comments for “Man Shoots Pit Bull, Is Charged By Boca PD

  1. John
    July 8, 2014 4:49 pm at 4:49 PM

    Most likely, that pitbull had been violent in the past and previously had threatened him and his dog, so it would make sense to try to kill the dog BEFORE it succeeded in mauling him or his dog.

    • gizmo
      July 9, 2014 1:49 pm at 1:49 PM

      John, Alize is a 1 year old female pit. never aggressive. she plays with my 1 year old son. And he did not have his dog with him. He simply felt the need to shoot my dog while she was laying on the lawn.

  2. BocaForever
    July 9, 2014 8:45 am at 8:45 AM

    What a piece of human trash he is.

  3. Thomas McCartney
    July 9, 2014 12:43 pm at 12:43 PM

    24 People dead by dog attack in 2014
    Pit bull type dogs killed 21 of them.
    13 of the dead are children.

    Stars indicate people killed by a ‘family’ pit bull – ones that had
    been raised and cherished as an indoor pet, ‘never showed aggression
    before’, and knew the victim.

    Child fatalities by pit bull type dog (12)
    Kara E. Hartrich, 4 years old, Bloomington, Illinois. **
    Je’vaeh Maye, 2 years old, Temple Texas. **
    Braelynn Rayne Coulter, 3 years old, High Point, North Carolina. **
    Kenneth Santillan, 13 years old, Patterson, N.J. by a Bullmastiff
    Raymane Camari Robinson, 2 years old, Killeen, TX by a Bullmastiff **
    Mia Derouen, 4 years old, Houma, Louisiana **
    Christopher Malone, 3 years old, Thornton, MS **
    John Harvard, 5 year old, Riverside, AL **
    Kassi Haith, 4 years old, Felton, Del.
    Demonta Collins, 13 years old, Augusta, Georgia
    he dashed into traffic as he was running from a pit bull attacking him and was hit by a car and was killed.
    Davon Jiggetts,17 years old, Riverdale, Georgia
    he dashed into traffic as he was running from a pit bull attacking him and was hit by a car as was the pit bull, both were killed.
    Holden William Garrison-10 weeks old, Springfield Township, MI **
    Friends of family state that the dog is a Pit bull Mix a Catahoula Hound mixed with Pit Bull.

    Adult fatalities by pit bull type (8):
    Christina Burleson, 43 years old, Houston, Texas. **
    Klonda S. Richey, 57 years old, Dayton, Ohio. by two Bullmastiff’s
    Nancy Newberry, 77 years old, Phoenix, AZ. **
    Dorothy Hamilton, 85 years old, Kaufman, TX **
    Petra Aguirre, 83 years old, San Antonio TX **
    Betty Clark, 75 years old, San Antonio TX **
    Katie Morrison, 20-years old, Smiths Station, AL **
    Rita Pepe, 93 years old, Branford, Conn by a rescued pit bull

    That’s 88% killed by attacking pit bull type dogs.
    Pit Bull type dogs are only about 6% of the entire dog population.

    Summer Sears, 4 years old, Tallassee, AL by Husky/German Shepard Cross
    Nyhiem Wilfong, 1 year old, Caldwell County, N.C. by Rottweiler. **

    89-year-old Annabell Martin, Corona, CA. by her grandson’s three Rottweilers.**

    Non-bite fatalities:
    Carlos Eligio Trevina – 54 y.o. – Idaho Falls ID ** – [Jan 9] – Died of a heart attack immediately after breaking up a fight between his seven pit bulls / pit mixes
    *******************************************************************
    33 People dead by dog attack in 2013.
    Pit bull type dogs killed thirty of them. sixteen of the twenty-nine dead are children.
    Stars indicate people killed by a ‘family’ pit bull – ones that had been raised and cherished as an indoor pet, ‘never showed aggression before’, and knew the victim.

    Child fatalities by pit bull type dog (16):
    Christian Gormanous – 4 yrs old Montgomery County, TX
    Isaiah Aguilar – 2 yrs old Sabinal, TX
    Ryan Maxwell – 7 yrs old ** Galesburg, IL.
    Dax Borchardt – 14 mos old ** Walworth, WI.
    Monica Laminack – 21 mos old ** Ellabelle, GA.
    Tyler Jett – 7 yrs old Callaway, FL.
    Jordyn Arndt – 4 yrs old ** Prairie City, IA.
    Beau Rutledge – 2 yrs old ** Fulton County, GA.
    Ayden Evans- 5 yrs old ** Jessieville, AR.
    Nephi Selu – 6 yrs old ** Union City, CA.
    Arianna Jolee Merrbach – 5 yrs old Effingham, SC.
    Daniel (surname as yet not revealed) – 2 yrs old (Gilbert, Arizona) **
    Samuel Eli Zamudio – 2 yrs old** Colton, CA
    Jordan Ryan– 5 yrs old Baker city, Oregon
    Levi Watson-Bradford-4 years old** White County, Arkansas
    Jah’niyah White – 2 years old ** Chicago, Ill

    Adult fatalities by pit bull type (13):
    Betty Todd – 65 yrs old ** Hodges, SC
    Elsie Grace – 91 yrs old ** Hemet, CA
    Claudia Gallardo – 38 yrs old Stockton, CA.
    Pamela Devitt – 63 yrs old Littlerock, CA.
    Carlton Freeman – 80 yrs old Harleyville, SC.
    Linda Oliver – 63 yrs old Dayton, TX.
    James Harding – 62 yrs old -Baltimore, MD
    chased into traffic by two attacking pit bulls
    Juan Campos – 96 yrs old Katy, Texas.
    Terry Douglass 56 years old. **Baltimore, MD
    Katherine Atkins-25 years old ** Kernersville, NC
    Nga Woodhead-65 years old Spanaway, WA.
    Joan Kappen, 75 years old Hot Springs Ark
    Michal Nelson, 41 years old Valencia County, New Mexico **

    (1 non-pit type killing) [Rachel Honabarger - 35 yrs old - mauled to death by her own GSD mix] Coshocton, OH.

    (1 husky-mix killing, unknown if the other half of the dog was pit bull) [Jordan Lee Reed – 5 yrs old] Kotzebue, AK

    (1 Shiba Inu killing) Mia Gibson – age 3 months, of Gibson, OH – mauled to death by family Shiba Inu.

    Three of the pit bull type dogs were BULL mastiffs, ie 40% pit-fighting bulldog.

    If 27 of 33 dead were killed by pit bull attack, that’s 82% dead by pit attack, 9% dead by ‘molosser’, 3% by some kind of GSD mix, 3% by a husky + possibly pit mix, 3% by Shiba Inu.

    If you count the pit-mix mastiffs as pit bull types, that’s 91% killed by attacking pit bull types. Pit types are only about 6% of the entire dog population.

    The man who ran into traffic kept pit bulls himself. He knew perfectly well what the two stranger pit bulls that were chasing him would do if they caught him, so he preferred to risk a swift death by oncoming car.

    534 maimed by pit type dogs 2013 (as of November.28).

  4. nocomment
    July 9, 2014 8:01 pm at 8:01 PM

    Mr. Barry should get an award not arrested. Best to kill a pitt before it gets the chance to kill you or your pet. Or your kid, your infant, your granny, etc etc.

  5. Think about that John
    July 10, 2014 1:58 pm at 1:58 PM

    Allegedly he shot the dog when it was in it’s own yard confined by a fence. If the dog had been violent in the past and he was scared of it he should have handled it via the right channels. If we all go around brandishing firearms taking our own law into our own hands then what? I’m not supporting Pit Bulls, crazy dog lover here and quite frankly they scare me. But I think I am MORE afraid of a man like this if this report is true, that he shot a dog not offending at the time, in it’s own yard. I live next to a whack job and if she starting shooting everyone she *thinks* has a right to be shot we’d all be in trouble. You have a right to bear arms wether half of us like it or not but when you do – you better be justified and it sounds like he’s going to have a hard time proving that on this day under these circumstances. He’s probably lucky the owner didn’t also have a gun and/or witness it at the given moment – or he might have been shot as well.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *