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Police: Pahrump man kills dogs, blames 'cheating wife'

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Posted at 2:20 PM, May 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-15 17:20:53-04

PAHRUMP (KTNV) — A man from Pahrump was arrested after police found two dead dogs and one injured dog on his property, according to Nye County Sheriff's Office.

44-year-old Clifton Pappas told authorities that killed the dogs and that he would have been able to finish the third dog if they had not shown up to interrupt him.

On May 13 officers responded to reports of gunshots at a Pahrump home and met with the homeowner, Pappas.

Police say he appeared to be under the influence of alcohol and told authorities that he had been drinking beers throughout the day.

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Officers bring 44-year-old Clifton Pappas into custody after finding 2 dead dogs and 1 injured dog on his property. Source: Nye County Sheriff's Office

Deputies say they were called to the same residence earlier that day regarding Pappas threatening his spouse. He had sent text messages threatening to shoot and kill all of her dogs and horses.

Pappas told deputies that he didn't to anything wrong but that he heard the gunshots coming from somewhere.

He later stated that he was tired of dealing with all the animals and that he had a right to kill any animals on his property.

He told police that he did what he had to do because his wife was cheating on him.

Inside the residence deputies found a .45 caliber pistol, several cans of beer, an empty magazine and .45 caliber ammunition with 9 rounds missing.

Deputies also found a large dog inside the residence that was limping and had open, bleeding wounds on the right front leg and in the abdomen.

Two additional dogs were located dead inside the home with gunshot wounds.

Clifton was arrested and charged with: possession of a firearm under the influence of alcohol, perjury, torture/maim/kill animal to threaten or terrorize (3 counts), kill/maim/disfigure/poison animal of another (3 counts), discharge gun within a structure,.