Man shot in face speaks to News 12

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News 12 at 11, August 12, 2007

AIKEN, SC-- A father and son now out on bond just two days after shooting an Aiken County man in the face and one of his dogs. Carlton Cantrell was shot Thursday night near his home off of Muddy Branch Road. He's out of the hospital and talking with News 12 about what happened.

Carlton Cantrell says it all started because the father and son didn't like his dogs walking in the road. The three men got in an argument and thirty minutes later, the pair were back, but this time with a gun.

"Dog come running out and he took the shotgun and boom shot him like that right in front of me. That's when I shot my pistol to scare him and then he turned the shot gun on me and boom shot me and then they took off." Cantrell says of the experience. He was shot in the face with a shotgun two days ago and he's back at home recovering.

"The bulk is right here, the pellet that went through my skull is right here and i got one that went through my sinus cavity and another in the back of my throat and couple went through the eye." Cantrell says as he points out his wounds.

Aiken County sheriff's investigators say 18-year-old Derrick Moore pulled the trigger, killing the dog and wounding Cantrell. Deputies say he shot from the bed of a truck with his 42-year-old father Walter Moore behind the wheel. Both men are now charged in the case.

"My head is numb and I can't feel nothing up here." But what he does feel he says, is a loss for his dog, Zoe. "We buried him, he was a good dog. He was just protecting us. Guy had no right to shoot him--no right to shoot anybody's dog."

Cantrell says Zoe was one of his more than fifty dogs he keeps on his property and while most of them stay behind a fence, alongside his more than 200 goats, he also admits the dogs are free to run loose when they want too. "I have to have them loose. I've got a lot of dogs, but that's for my protection."

As for the Moore's, Cantrell says he hopes the justice system makes them pay for what they did to Zoe and to him. "They are going to be punished. And if the law don't do something about it, I'll have to take them to civil court because I'm going to pursue it."

Derrick Moore and Walter Moore were released on more than 100-thousand dollar com bind bond earlier Saturday afternoon (August 11).
Both men are facing charges of assault and battery with intent to kill, as well as cruelty to animals.

Two years ago, Cantrell was cited by animal control because more than 170 goats lived in his home, and he lived in his vehicle. Charges were dropped when Cantrell agreed to fix his fence.

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