A Karthaus man accused of shooting his dog and leaving the pet to die in a field was found guilty Friday of a felony gun charge in the case.
Prosecutors said Barry Grove, 57, shot his dog, Annie, in a neighbor’s yard in March, eventually loaded the animal into a vehicle and dumped it in a field behind his home.
Police found the dog alive, but severely wounded and suffering, almost an hour and a half after the shooting. They were forced to euthanize the animal.
Attorney Joe Amendola, who is representing Grove, could not immediately be reached for comment.
The neighbor told police the dog was friendly, and would often walk over to the neighboring home and play. Annie was at the neighbor’s window moments before the shooting. Grove allegedly had just returned home and shot the dog while it was in the neighbor’s yard.
Prosecutors said the neighbor heard the dog crying for about 20 minutes, but was afraid to go the pet, because Grove had fired a shot.
Grove was not to be in possession of a firearm because of his prior criminal history, prosecutors said.
District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller said she will seek “a significant state (prison) sentence.”
“He never should have never had this firearm in his hands, period,” Parks Miller said in a statement. “Throw in alcohol, seeking Annie out in his neighbor’s yard, and callously gunning down a defenseless pet with a high-powered rifle amongst homes, is particularly troubling and extremely dangerous.”
Grove previously pleaded guilty to the gun charge in September, but reversed that decision the next month, asking to withdraw his plea in October, according to court records.
He was found guilty Friday in a trial before Centre County Judge Bradley P. Lunsford.
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