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Group protests in Winter Park after man shoots dog in eye

George Burdock, 70, not charged in shooting

WINTER PARK, Fla. – Protesters demonstrated Sunday afternoon in front of the Winter Park home of a 70-year-old man accused of shooting a dog in the eye.

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About two dozen people and their dogs marched while chanting, "Paws up, don't shoot."

George Burdock, who has not been charged in the incident, shot a dog named Lilly last week while he was walking his dogs. The protesters say he should be charged with animal cruelty.

Lilly will make another vet visit this week to see if her eye can be saved.

Burdock says Lilly has shown signs of aggression toward him previously, including charging at him.

Police said that "due to (Burdock's) age, physical condition at the time, and stated prior experience concerning Lilly, he acted in self-defense when he was in fear for his safety and that of his wife and animals."

Burdock has placed several "no trespassing" signs in his yard since the shooting.

A petition for charges to be filed against Burdock was started last week and has more than 2,000 signatures.

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