WINTER PARK, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35) - Protesters have demonstrated in front of the home of a man they say shot a dog in the eye.
About a dozen protesters and their dogs marched through Winter Park on Sunday while chanting, "Paws up, don't shoot."
The protesters say 70-year-old George Burdock shot a Samoyed named Lilly while Burdock was walking his dogs Thursday. The protesters say he should be charged with animal cruelty. Lilly lost her eye in the shooting.
Burdock says he had brought a gun filled with BBs because the dog had lunged at him before. He told police that he was trying to protect himself once again after the dog got away from its owner and began charging at him and his dogs.
A Winter Park Police report reads that, "due to his age, physical condition.. and stated prior experience concerning Lilly, [Burdock] acted in self-defense."
Burdock has placed several "no trespassing" signs in his yard since the incident.
On Monday, a veterinarian performed surgery on Lilly's eye, while people who feel for the animal have raised thousands for her surgery.
"It's hard to judge what happened, since I wasn't there," explained Dr. Daniel Priehs, "so I'll just try to fix the eye and make it as healthy as possible."
The neighborhood has been in the social media spotlight since the shooting last week. The attention that the dog's owner, Ann Elizabeth Christensen, and her dog have gotten has been unexpected and overwhelming.
"I had no idea this would be all over," she says, "and there were good parts of it, and there were parts that I just don't think was necessary for all parties involved."
As for Lilly's prognosis, Dr. Priehs says he thinks he has saved her eye but he is still not sure if she will be able to see again.