NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Two pets were blasted with paint, and wounded in their own backyard, in an awful case of animal cruelty in Brooklyn.

Police charged a man they said opened fire on the dogs with a paintball gun, CBS 2’s Dave Carlin reported.

Peter Wojcik was in shock that anyone would deliberately do this – his beloved dogs, Baby and Birdie, were covered in cuts and bruises, with the animals and his backyard splattered with paint.

“He unnecessarily shot my dogs,” Wojcik said.

Paintball guns are meant for fun, but one was used as a weapon to injure the two dogs from three buildings away and four stories up.

Police said Himrod Street neighbor Daniel Lacin was so annoyed at the dogs’ barking that he opened fire on them from above.

Wojcik said he never heard a single complaint from Lacin before hearing the “tat tat tat” sounds of paintball fire, accompanied by the yelping of his dogs.

“Why wouldn’t you speak to me if there is a problem?” Wojcik said. “My dogs aren’t barking dogs.”

Baby got the worst of it, hit three times in the face and many more times on her body. The paint may have been gone on Friday, but the injuries remained.

Lacin was charged with possession of a weapon, criminal mischief and torturing animals. Freed without bail, he did not open the door for CBS 2 on Friday.

“I won’t answer any questions until June 28,” he said via phone.

On that day, June 28, Lacin is due back in court. He hung up before CBS 2 could ask him any details about Wednesday’s alleged attack.

Lacin’s roommate said he only recently bought the paintball gun.

Wojcik said the dogs are now nervous to return to the backyard, that place of paint and pain.

Lacin’s attorney, Elizabeth Latimer, had not returned CBS 2’s calls for comment as of Friday evening.

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Comments (3)
  1. Been there says:

    Have 5 dogs next door. No one can go into my back yard without those dogs barking vicously and attempting to get througn a wooden fence poorly erected by my neighbor beside my chain link fence at anyone in our yard. Spoke many times to the neighbors who are ignorant of their dogs behaviior, Tried everything from attempting to talk to the dogs to giving them treats, to talking to the neighbors, to writing to the dog warden. Have even been told that I am making too much noise shoveling at 7AM while their dogs are barking continuously (her answer; they don’t bother her but your swishing does). Finally started to use a marine blow horn wiich seems to work. I and my friends have a right to come into my back yard without having to put up with a bunch of dogs continuously barking amd snarling and attempting to get through the fencing to get at someone whilw we are in my yard. I have even been confronted by at least 3 of these dogs trying to get out of my back yard through my gate. Was told that they were only trying to protect their property. Hello! They were on my property. There is more to this story than is printed. This guy may have the same ” don’t care about my neigbor” types living next door to him, You have a dog? Train him properly. Don’d let him bark at your neighbor or try to attack him/her through the fence and then get insolent when they compain about it. He should have complained to the dog warden. But then, maybe he did.

  2. hangit says:

    5 days as a paintball target or 5 years.

  3. brooklyn girl says:

    lacin, you are a lowlife. hopefully you don’t have kids, or someone who lives with you. what if there had been kids in that yard. coward. “won’t answer question until the 28th.” bet you look like napoleon. what goes around, comes around. loser!

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