A Lake Havasu City man will be sentenced next month after a conviction on charges of first degree burglary and animal cruelty.
According to prosecutors, 64-year-old Mark G. Mleziva was frustrated by the constant barking of his neighbor’s six dogs. After filing multiple noise complaints with the Lake Havasu City Police Department, Mleziva allegedly took matters into his own hands.
The dogs’ owner left her home for about three hours, according to the police report.
When she returned, she discovered one of her dogs in her residence had been shot. A second canine was located, confined in a kennel, also the victim of a gunshot wound. One of the dogs would later recover with medical care. The other did not survive its injuries.
Officers located .22-caliber bullet casings within the victim’s home, as well as bullet holes in the wall adjacent the owner’s property. Two months prior, such a bullet hole was reported in the glass of her home’s “doggy door.”
Mleziva, who owned a .22-caliber firearm, allegedly told officers he had been at his home the entire evening when the shooting took place, and said he did not see or hear anything unusual. Mleziva was transported to the Lake Havasu City Police Department for an interview with detectives before he was formally charged.
On July 26, Mleziva was convicted on two counts of animal cruelty and one count of first degree burglary. His judgement and sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 25 at Mohave County Superior Court.