A York County man is facing charges after police say he shot and killed a neighbor’s dog. It’s something his attorney says the man regrets.
The dog’s owner, MaryKay Ayers, set up a memorial in her front yard in the first block of York Street in Manchester Boro after the death of her dog, ChinC, Saturday evening.
“He came from his comfortable living room, got a gun and walked up here and point blank shot the dog in the chest,” she says.
Police say her neighbor, Joel Jackson, told them he used a pellet gun, then destroyed it. ChincC, named after the spots on his chin, was in a fenced yard.
“I want him in jail. I do. This was our family member. This isn’t just some dog to us.” Ayers admits ChinC would bark and run to the fence, but insists he wouldn’t hurt anyone. Police say Jackson told them that the two year old German Shepard Boxer mix made him nervous.
“My impression was that on an on-going basis this dog did scare him and other people,” says Jackson’s attorney, Frank Arcuri.
Jackson is charged with recklessly endangering another person and cruelty to animals.
“My client is extremely remorseful for what happened and is sorry that this poor animal as I understand it, was either put down or died outright,” Acuri says.
Ayers says she wasn’t home at the time of the shooting, but her son was.
“When I came in my backyard my son was crumpled on that porch holding her and there was blood on his hands and no mother should have to ever see that in her life. Never.” Ayers says.
Another dog was in the yard at the time, but was not hurt.