The Germantown man, who is accused of shooting a dog with a pellet gun, was arraigned in Columbia County Court Thursday. The dog ended up dying from his wounds.
From Columbia County D.A's Office:
On March 8, 2018, Michael Jennings was arraigned in County Court upon his indictment for Aggravated Cruelty to Animals, Honorable Jonathan D. Nichols presiding. The Court scheduled a trial for July 30, 2018. The New York State Police investigated this matter and arrested Michael Jennings. Michael Howard represents Michael Jennings. Michael Jennings is presumed to be innocent unless and until the People can prove his guilt beyond a reasonable doubt to all twelve (12) of twelve (12) jurors. (Indictment No. 18-006)
original press release:
Buster's Law Arrest in Germantown
NEW YORK STATE POLICE Major Robert C. GregoryTroop K Commander
On September 6, 2017 Troopers from the Livingston barracks responded to the area of Church Avenue in the Town of Germantown to investigate an incident in which a family pet dog was shot and killed.
The dog, an American Pitbull Terrier, was transported to the Round Top Animal Hospital in Germantown where an autopsy was conducted. It was determined that the cause of death was due to multiple pellet wounds from a pellet gun.
On September 7, 2017 the Bureau of Criminal Investigation at Livingston continued the investigation. The investigation resulted in the arrest of Michael W. Jennings, 23 of Germantown. Jennings was arrested and charged with New York State Agriculture and Markets Law 353a, Aggravated Cruelty to Animals, a Class E Felony. He is set to be arraigned later this date.