Killing neighbor’s dog
his testimony, Marcionette stated that he and his family were returning from
a soccer game when they noticed their dogs – two Golden Retrievers, ages 13-1/2
and 5-years old, had dug out under the fence and left their yard at 75 Mandy
Lane. Marcionette jumped into his truck and drove up
After comforting her as she died, he picked her up and took her home. At home he noticed several puncture holes in her head and neck and halfway up her spine. He then notified Pennsylvania State Police. Pennsylvania State Police Trooper Michael Gantt testified that Miller also called to report a dog had been killed.
Trooper Gantt stated that during an interview at Miller’s home, Miller said he saw two dogs on his property and that one of the dogs had gone in his pond and had his duck by the neck. He further stated that his wife had raised the duck from a hatchling. Gantt also testified that Miller said one of dogs snapped at him. Miller further stated that he got a rake and hit one of the dogs in the head.
Miller then testified that he got in his car and followed the dogs
to see where they came from and he accidentally ran it over. Trooper Gantt
then went to the Marcionette’s home to look at
took the dogs to a veterinarian who checked Max for internal bleeding
as a precaution, and then examined
day before, Marcionette had discovered a blood trail spattered about 471 feet
from Miller’s home to where he found
Adams County Assistant District Attorney Shane Crosby told the judge he is familiar with a part of the state dog law that allows a property owner to shoot an animal that is endangering wildlife. He further stated that he was not familiar with a part of the law allowing an owner to beat an animal in the face, then get in his vehicle, follow it up the road and run it over.
Following the hearing, the Marcionette's stated they were happy the charges would advance to the county level. Miller faces a maximum penalty of two years in jail and more than $5,000 in fines.
After charges were filed in May, the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), sent a letter to District Attorney Shaw Wagner, asking that Miller undergo a psychiatric evaluation if he is convicted, followed by mandatory counseling and possibly anger-management classes at his own expense. PETA also wants Miller to lose the right to ever own animals again.
Jury selection is proving to be difficult for Miller’s trial. 18 potential jurors owned dogs. 9 owned 2 or more dogs and 3 said they might not be able to keep their love for dogs from interfering with their judgment on the case.
a 6 hour deliberation,
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