Man admits to shooting, burying neighbor’s dog

GERRY, N.Y. (WIVB) – A Chautauqua County man is charged with animal cruelty, after the Sheriff says he admitted to shooting and burying his neighbor’s dog.

On Thursday, the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office was called to Damon Hill Road in the Town of Gerry. A man had been walking through the woods and fields and speaking to neighbors trying to find his dog, Jake, who had been missing for several days.

“The owner of the dog had suspected foul play, and actually found a shallow grave on the property next to theirs, and dug up that grave and found the animal,” Sheriff Joe Gerace told News 4 on Saturday.

The investigation led deputies to the neighbor, 46-year-old Robert Rearick.

“He did confess to destroying the animal, because he was annoyed with the barking of the dog,” Gerace said. “We found another animal [buried on Rearick’s property]. The defendant claims it is his, but the investigation is continuing.”

Rearick was given an appearance ticket for the animal cruelty charge, which is a misdemeanor. He will appear in Town of Gerry Court next week. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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