The father of a 13-year-old boy who shot and killed three beagles in Suffield, Conn. has been charged with cruelty to animals by complicity.
According to Thursday's Courant.com, 54-year-old John Lake of Enfield was arrested and charged on Wednesday.
The three beagles who were killed belonged to 83-year-old Richard Johnson. The dogs were killed back on Nov. 10.
The boy who fired the fatal shots claimed that the dogs were chasing deer, and because of that, he killed them.
The man and his son incorrectly assumed that it was legal to shoot dogs who were chasing deer.
The father is now facing the charges because he should have been supervising his child at the time of the shooting.
According to the owner of the deceased dogs, on the day that the dogs were killed, they had been out hunting rabbits. According to Mass Live news, five dogs were out hunting that day, but only two came back.
The bodies of the three dogs who were killed were not found until Nov. 29. The collars identifying their owner had been removed, but the person who found them recognized who them and knew who their owner was.
Lake has posted the $5,000 bond and will be arraigned in mid-January.
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