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Drunken man arrested for shooting water tower at golf course says he was searching for lost dog

Dec 11, 2012, 2:09 PM EDT


What do you do if your dog is missing? If you’re like Mark Fitzgerald of Dunedin, Fla., you launch into Operation Dog Rescue. Things you’ll need:

  • Booze (lots).
  • Firearms.
  • A golf cart.

Now you’re ready, but where do you start your search? At the nearest golf course, naturally.

Fitzgerald, 49, was arrested today when he shot several holes into a nearby water tower from the Dunedin Golf Course. The tower, which contained 550,000 gallons of water, had to be drained.

Fitzgerald had a .308-caliber rifle and .45-caliber handgun in his vehicle and showed signs of impairment, deputies said.

Fitzgerald said he was searching for his lost dog and brought the guns for protection in case he encountered coyotes, deputies said.

Not exactly a Navy Seal Team 6 operation … and we still do not know the whereabouts of the dog. In fact, I doubt Mr. Fitzgerald even owns a dog. Just a hunch.

  1. anotheryx - Dec 11, 2012 at 4:06 PM

    Only in Florida

  2. cur68 - Dec 11, 2012 at 4:14 PM

    Let’s take a moment and have a look at the merits of this one:
    -There’s a dog (a putative dog, but he’s central to the story)
    -A golf course
    -A golf cart
    -A lot of booze
    -a .308
    -a .45
    -an unoffending water tower
    -shots fired
    -the guy in the picture

    This one has it all. All we need is a back story. What did the water tower do to this man?

    • manchestermiracle - Dec 14, 2012 at 10:56 AM

      Apparently imitated a coyote…..