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Case Dropped Against K-9 Silencer

Posted on Aug 21, 2010 - 12:59 PM
Case Dropped Against K-9 Silencer

Upper Valley Man Tried To Get Police Dog To Be Quiet

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION, Vt -- Vermont prosecutors won't pursue the case against a man accused of animal cruelty for trying to stop a police dog from barking.

Twenty-eight-year-old John McCarthy was charged April 3 after he got out of a vehicle that had been pulled over by police who suspected the driver of being drunk.

McCarthy got out and approached the cruiser of Vermont State Police Trooper Kevin Hughes, which had his German shepherd police dog inside.

McCarthy tried to get the dog to stop barking and was cited for animal cruelty, which is punishable by a one-year jail term and up to $1,000 in fines.

Prosecutor Robert Sand tells the Valley News it wasn't a good use of resources to pursue the charge, even though McCarthy's behavior was inappropriate.

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