I’m to lazy to dig out all the news articles, if you really want to read them doing a search for “elbridge dog shooting” will get you most of them.
On May 31st an Elbridge woman shot her neighbor’s dog when the dog went after her cat.
Police declined to charge her with animal cruelty from the get go, charging her instead with firing a gun within town limits.
A couple days ago they dismissed those charges, stating that the law was aimed at reckless firearm discharge, and that people were still allowed to fire a gun in defense of self and property.
Of course, the dog owner is having a cow. Upset that there won’t be justice for her dog. Her grandkid is devastated.
Took a bit of digging, but I was able to confirm that Elbridge does indeed have a leash law. Unlike alot of such they do make allowances for a dog to be under voice control of the owner. However every single news article makes it clear that the dog was NOT under voice control at the time of the incident.
According to the above linked article the dog has multiple counts, confirmed by court records, of acting aggressively against the neighbors. AND there have been multiple reports of the dog running loose and out of control.
While I have some sympathy for the grandkids, I have zero sympathy for the dog owner. She repeatedly allowed her dog to run loose, despite repeated incidents of aggression by the dog and despite local leash laws. If she had just taken the basic steps of containing and controlling her dog after the first incident this wouldn’t have happened. Its not that hard, it just takes a little more effort on the part of the owner. A dog who has a history of acting aggressive and is still allowed to run loose is not going to survive long, that is plain and simple fact.
Having said all that, I have to note, that the easiest way to ensure that your cat isn’t attacked by a local dog is to not allow your cat to run loose….