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One dog is dead and another is being treated for wounds following two separate instances in the Town of Shawangunk. YNN’s Alexandra Weishaupt reports.
SHAWANGUNK, N.Y. -- “It’s the first instance I can remember in the last few years where a farmer has actually shot at a dog,” said Captain Michael Freer of the Ulster County Sheriff’s office.
Police speak on two dog shootings following two separate circumstances in Shawangunk, the most recent of which happened in Walker Valley on Tuesday.
“A farmer was in his residence and he saw two dogs run by his window, so he went out and the dogs were in his pig pen dragging a pig out and attacking it,” said Freer. “He got his .22 rifle and shot at the two dogs and the two dogs ran off.”
He hit one of the dogs two times to free his livestock. That dog was then treated in Middletown, however, the farmer's pig had to be put down due to injuries sustained during the attack.
“No charges,” Freer said. “The farmer did nothing wrong. You have the right to protect your livestock.”
But police say this past Sunday, a hunter near the same area did do something wrong when it came to the treatment of his neighbor’s dog.
“It was a hunter bow hunting for deer and a dog approached him and he shot the dog with an arrow and killed it,” said Freer.
That hunter was charged with a felony as investigators said the dog’s death was not an accident.
Unrelated though similar shootings police say are rare for the county and are hoping won’t become the norm.