On Thursday, a Beachwood, New Jersey man was found guilty of felony animal cruelty in a non-jury trial in Kingston, New York for deliberately killing a neighbor's Australian shepherd mixed breed dog with a bow and arrow last year reported the DailyFreeman.com.
David Moors, 39 faces a two-year prison sentence in the Ulster County Jail; sentencing is scheduled for October 30.
On October 13, 2013, Moors had been hunting deer on his sister's property in the residential area of Pine Bush when he shot and killed the dog with an arrow at close range. Immediately after, Moors argued with Julie Palinkas, the owner of the two-and-a-half-year-old dog named Clara, telling the woman her dog should not have been trespassing on his sister's property.
The family quickly scooped the dog up into their arms with the arrow sticking out of her throat. Tragically, the dog died on the way to the vet.
In an attempt to justify the killing, Moors told County Judge Donald A. Williams that the dog was feral and he (Moors) had every right to kill the animal. The judge called the killing calculated and unprovoked and upon finding Moors guilty stated Clara was killed in “a terribly painful style.”
Clara had been a cherished member of the Palinkas family; they had raised the sweet dog since she was eight-weeks-old. The dog would sleep with the children and had a special place in everyone's heart.
Rest in peace Clara. We're glad you have found a little bit of justice.
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