SOUTH DAYTON, N.Y. (WIVB) – A small southern tier community is buzzing about a dead dog.
The dog warden for the Cattaraugus County Village of South Dayton, Donald Bartlett, has put up this sign in front of his farm, defending the fact that his son shot and killed a dog Sunday morning on the property.
Jeremy Schroeder says his brother’s 5-year-old Husky-Lab mix named “Friend” wouldn’t hurt a fly and was raised around cows.
“The dog was shot at point blank; the dog was murdered.”
But Bartlett tells News 4 that he found that dog inside his barn Sunday morning mauling one of his calves, which was tied up.
Schroeder contends the dog warden never even warned the dog owner.
“When my brother showed up at his barn, the guy didn’t say two words to him. He handed him his collar, and he pointed to the ground, and that was it. My brother had to scoop his kid off the road and carry him to his truck. He buried him. I had to ungrave the dog last night to take pictures just to prove a point. This guy is a piece of work, I’m telling you. I don’t know the hell he’s in the position he’s in.”
The dog was shot between the eyes at close range with bird-shot. The dog warden says that was the last shot to put it out of it’s misery after it was shot outside the barn.
Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s deputies ticketed the dog warden Monday night for leaving the dead calf on display near the sign about why the dog was shot.
“He did get an appearance ticket for disorderly conduct and has since removed the dead calf,” said Captain Robert Buchhardt.
The dog was off leash, and under State law, if a loose dog is chasing, harassing, or killing domestic livestock, the owner of the property is free from liability and free from arrest for terminating that dog.
Captain Buchhardt says this case is still a grey area because the dog was shot outside the barn, after the calf was no longer in danger.