Officer: dismiss Dog-shooting Charge
Posted on Jul 25, 2009 - 6:28 AM
Article published Jul 23, 2009
Officer: Dismiss dog-shooting charge
ESSEX — An Essex police officer accused of animal cruelty for shooting his neighbor's dog wants the charge dismissed.
Michael Wootton, 35, claims he was forced to shoot the 80-pound mixed breed dog in April because it was about to kill his 20-pound dog.
But the state says Wootton shot the neighbor's dog needlessly in its own yard after neighbors asked Wootton to get his dog off their property.
Wootton's lawyers have filed a request seeking dismissal of the charge based on a Vermont law that permits the killing of vicious animals.
— The Associated Press