Lone Star Humor: Houston Mom Tries to Kill Puppy, Shoots Her Own Brat in the Gut


HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — A mother has been charged after accidentally shooting her 5-year-old son while trying to shoot a dog that was running across the street in north Houston, according to Houston police.

The incident happened at 700 Dunham Road on Saturday afternoon.

Angelia Mia Vargas, 24, has been charged with deadly conduct with a firearm.
According to neighbors, Vargas, her son, and another family member were riding bikes down the street when a dog ran out.

That dog, named Bruno, is a 6-month-old boxer puppy. Bruno’s owner did not want to appear on camera, but told us what happened.

“I came out of my house because Bruno was barking and barking. I thought my brother was coming,” said the owner, who thought Bruno’s barking was to indicate his brother was at the door. “So, I open the door just a little bit and he comes running out.”

In Ring doorbell video obtained by ABC13, you can see Bruno running out with the owner following immediately behind. The owner can be seen telling the dog to come back in the house. The dog roams out onto the street, and less than a second later, multiple shots rang out. Gunshots were then followed by extended screaming by the little boy’s parents.

Vargas’s 5-year-old son was rushed to the hospital in stable condition with non-life-threating wounds, police say.

The boy was struck in the abdomen by one of the three bullets that Vargas allegedly fired from a small caliber pistol, according to Detective J. Hasley with the HPD Major Assaults and Family Violence Division.


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  1. Here in NYS, the rescue places are so full of pit bulls, that if you do have one and it needs to leave the home, it is nearly impossible to find a place that will take it.
    The example in the video is a common occurrence. The people just open the door, and the dog has been waiting for the chance. I just had this happen to me 2 weeks ago. And this after (as I do every time) I asked if the dogs were in , he said yes, no worries, then the wife just opened the door. Her reasoning. The dog wanted out. That was a 90 lbs sheperd mix, made a beeline for me in a dead sprint. Missed my leg by 2 inches as I jumped on the hood,.

  2. David, were you a mail carrier? I biked through Minneapolis for 20 plus years and never ever once did get attacked by a pooch. Pitbulls get a bad rap because of the stupid people who own them, I have met hundreds of pitties throughout the years and never have I met a mean one….I have one in my house right now with my Dalmatian and they are best buddies. He was a rescue dog and he is the biggest sweetheart you could ever meet….my first 2 Dalmatians both had multiple bites on their records….the Dal I have now is the nicest dog I’ve ever owned. I am personally more leery of poodles than I am of Pitbulls.

    • I have two pitbulls (American Staffordshire Terriers). They are delightful and very nice with kids.

    • Bicycle was my primary means of transportation for years. In high skool, I rode 15 miles to work after class, and home in the dark.
      I have met many nice dogs and love dogs, but I simply suggest read the stories on the List I provided and count the family children. Pits are great 70 % of the time, and can turn or snap in a very rapid manner. The list is gut wrenching, I read them all and on many followed up to see the statements, as many deaths were family members who fully support the breed, until the event. The worst was the pregnant women who led an association that actually trained people to be responsible Pit owners. She was found ripped open by her husband when he came home and had to shove the door. No Pits for me. you do you.

    • Another notable case among the hundreds, was the retired police chief who watched his own dog rip apart his 5 year old granddaughter in his yard. While he was with her.
      You have to ask, do you really know that breed ?

    • I bred and trained Dalmatians (for protection) for 15 years and can tell you that they are indeed liable to bite…especially if they are not socialized. I recently had 2 pit bulls and they were the most inoffensive dogs I ever had. Ask the FEDEX or UPS drivers who met them. They were so inoffensive that they were stolen. I now have 2 GSDs. They are 9 months old and weigh 85lbs. They are socialized, yet the male is still stand-offish…which is their nature. Neither is mean at all, in fact very friendly with those they know. They have a playmate that is a heeler, she has been around them since she was 5 weeks. She is a nipper, but not mean. But she will (play) attack my Shepards at will, as she is totally fearless. Anyone that would be foolish enough to abuse her in the presence of my Shepards will get a surprise, as they are BFFs. Dogs are not the problem, owners are. Just like guns.

    • z- That is the most common thought , it’s the owners. I shared that belief also before reading the stories. Even if that is the belief, what then ? Allow anyone to own a pit and simply be OK with 30+ dead children or elderly per year ?
      Most dogs were bred into their modern breeds for purposes. Trying to reverse that is difficult.
      One case was the one year boy who had slept with his family dog since birth, ripped apart in his bed. Another was the child on the couch with mother and another child who could do nothing but watch the total tearing apart of her child by the family dog who for years was considered the nicest dog they had ever had. very few cases involve bad owners.

  3. People can and do regularly get killed because certain dog owners cannot control their pets.
    The most gut wrenching page I have seen on Wiki is “List of fatal dog attacks in the United States” ,… Pit Bulls regularly tear apart children sometimes neighbors sometimes their own family, and it happens like clockwork.
    In this case, the lady was dumb with her gun, but people should ask why she has it on a bike.
    Bicycling with a family, in some cities, you need a gun for the dogs. Keep in mind , fatalities are tracked, but serious injuries are not. If a strong Pit got ahold of a 5 year old, it is over in seconds.

    • 50 bucks says this lady knew someone who was brutally wounded or died from dog attack.
      Back in the day, nobody tied up their dogs, and I have probably been attacked a hundred times if not more. But that was before pit bulls. I’ll take on a sheperd, doberman, or even rott before I want anything to do with a male pit. They don’t bite they MAUL.

  4. This is evidence that all American children should attend handgun training during grammar school.

    • I find it doubtful that training would have any impact on someone stupid enough to shoot at a dog in public. There ARE some people that should NOT have guns. Who is stupid enough to shoot at a dog in the street…and a puppy at that? At that point, if this idiot had training, the dog would likely be dead. How is that acceptable? A squirt gun with vinegar is all this moron should be carrying.

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