Late Tuesday, police in the Lewisville suburb of Dallas arrested Michael Stephen Stolz (76), and charged him with murder in the shooting death of his wife, Bernice (49), several days earlier. He told officers it started when he shot their German Shepherd mix dog after it crapped on the floor. Then he shot their other dog, a Rottweiler, and finally he shot his wife because she was screaming at him for shooting the dogs. He was going to kill himself, but he’d run out of bullets.
Police had been called to check on Bernice after she missed several days of work, but Stolz refused to allow them in the house. Because of the odor of decomposition they smelled from the door, they called in the SWAT team, who were able to send in a robot to take a look. Once the robot determined that Stolz was unarmed, officers entered the house, finding the wife and dogs where they had fallen. Stolz surrendered peacefully, and is being held on $250,000 bond.
Wow. I have six cats that belong to me, plus three others that belong to other members of my household who hang out with mine, plus my daughter’s dog. Every day starts with looking for the puddle because the dog didn’t get let out on time, the pile of puked-up cat food because the little girl ate too fast, the puked-up hairballs because it’s spring and they’re ALL shedding, and the cat shit pile because somebody thinks the litter box isn’t clean enough. THIS IS PART OF HAVING PETS, PEOPLE!
Yesterday I was downstairs doing laundry and my brother-in-law was shocked at how close I had come to stepping in a pile of cat shit, and oh my! I was in bare feet. My sum total reaction was to tell him that my feet are easier to wash than my shoes. After all, I hadn’t stepped in it, because I look at where I put my feet. With nine cats and a dog, I have no sympathy for the people in this house who don’t look at the floor.
And then he shot his wife. #$%^&*(, what the hell?! Please, we need people like this to be disarmed. I’ll bet that if he hadn’t had the gun, all that would have happened would have been a lot of yelling.
With the gun, now there will be a funeral.