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Man guilty of shooting dog in Centre Co.

By: WJAC Web Staff

BELLEFONTE, Pa. -- A Clearfield County man has pleaded guilty and could spend up to 12 years behind bars for shooting his dog.

Centre County District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller said Thursday Barry Grove, 57, of Karthaus, accepted an open plea Wednesday for shooting his dog. Coupled with a previously related illegal firearms charge, Grove was sentenced to five years, nine months to 12 years in prison by Judge Bradley Lunsford.

Investigators said on April 23, 2013, Grove's dog, Anne, was at a neighbor's home, where the dog would frequently visit.

At about 11 a.m. that morning, the neighbor said she saw Grove's vehicle parked at a local bar, police said. Hours later, at about 6 p.m., she saw Grove pull into her driveway, which is a-half mile from his home.

Moments after pulling into the driveway, she said she heard a gunshot and heard Anne crying in distress, police said. The neighbor didn't want to go outside to see what had happened because she knew Grove had a gun.

The woman said Anne laid in the yard at least 20 minutes, severely injured, investigators said. Grove then took the dog and put her in a field behind his home.

Responding state police troopers said they went to Grove's home, where he told them he had shot the dog. Troopers also smelled alcohol on his breath.

Police found Anne in the field more than an hour after the shooting. She has to be put down due to her injuries.

Prior to Wednesday's plea to shooting his dog, Grove was found guilty of illegal possession firearm, the same gun he used to shoot Anne. Grove was not permitted to have a firearm due to a previous felony conviction.

Grove was sentenced five to 10 years in prison for the firearm possession charge and nine months to two years in prison for shooting his dog. Due to the two incidents being related, Miller said the prosecution asked to run the sentences consecutively.

In addition to jail time, Grove was fined $1,000 and prohibited from owning or possessing any domestic animals for 12 years.

"We are pleased the court ran this sentence consecutively," Miller said in a statement. "The callous shooting and excruciating suffering [Grove] exacted on this pet was unjustifiable and a separate crime from illegally possessing the gun he used to shoot her. Animal victims deserve protection under the law and justice."

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Edgar Snyder

Washington Times