On Friday, Nov. 11, 2016, deputies from the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 14000 block of Hill Vista Court in the Jones Valley area of Shasta County for a report of a disturbance and possible gunshots.  Upon arrival, deputies learned a dog had been shot and sustained substantial injury, however was still alive.  Deputies received initial reports the dog’s owner, Darvin Rodrigues accidentally shot the dog with an air pistol.  Rodrigues had dried blood on his hands and stated the blood was from the injured dog.  While on scene, deputies received reports from witnesses of the sound of an unknown caliber firearm being discharged during the initial disturbance.   

While on scene, deputies located a loaded .22 caliber handgun, with the serial number removed, in Rodrigues’ backyard.  The investigation determined Rodrigues intentionally shot his dog after it had left his yard and damaged a neighbor’s property.

It did not appear the injuries suffered by the animal had received any first aid or veterinary care.  The Shasta County Sheriff’s Office Animal Control unit responded and took custody of the dog, which received treatment for the injuries sustained.     

Rodrigues was found to be on Post Release Community Supervision (PRCS) for assault with a deadly weapon.  Rodrigues had been previously convicted of numerous felony charges including robbery, assault with a deadly weapon, domestic violence, and violating parole.

Rodrigues was later booked into the Shasta County Jail for animal cruelty, violation of his PRCS terms and conditions, and weapons related charges.