Man Charged in Dog Shooting [Update]
With two dogs dead in Chester County, many are questioning a state law.
Update (Feb 22, 1:27 p.m.) The Chester County District Attorney's office announced Friday that charges have been filed against Gabriel Pilotti "for shooting and killing two dogs belonging to his neighbors."
Pilotto, 72, has been charged with cruelty to animals and recklessly endangering another person.
"There was no justification for the killing of these two dog," Chester County DA Tom Hogan said in a release. "The defendant has been charged and will be dealt with appropriately. Our sympathies go out to the family and children who lost their beloved pets."
Read the original story below:
Multiple news outlets have been reporting on a Chester County man who shot and killed two dogs, but will not be charged by the county District Attorney due to state law.
According to NBC 10, the two dogs escaped from their fenced-in yard in Chester Springs and were shot by a neighbor, who says he was defending his flock of sheep.
The man will avoid any charges, reports say, because of a state law that dictates when it is legal to kill a dog.
According to state law, "any person may kill any dog which he sees in the act of pursuing or wounding or killing any domestic animal," including livestock and poultry.
This isn't the first time a dog has been shot in the Greater Philadelphia area. A Roxborough dog was shot and killed in March 2012, and Phoenixville Police shot a dog after it went on a "rampage" in May 2012.
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