In September, Gabriel Pilotti, 73, of West Vincent Twp., Chester County, PA was found guilty of two counts of animal cruelty for shooting and killing his neighbor's two Bernese Mountain dogs, Argus and Fiona, on February 12.
Today, October 28, Judge Ronald C. Nagle sentenced Pilotti to 90 days of house arrest and two years of probation. He will also have to pay $1,600 in restitution to the Bocks, must surrender his weapons, and will need to perform 200 hours of community service.
Argus and Fiona had escaped their yard and entered Pilotti’s property. Pilotti tried to justify his actions by claiming the dogs were pursuing his sheep. He was initially not charged, but after a police investigation, charges were filed.
It was determined that Argus, 2, was trotting over to him at the time Pilotti shot him in the head, and Fiona, 1, was running away from him when he shot her in the back with his single shot shotgun. Prosecutors said Pilotti killed the dogs without provocation. Read story here.
William Bock said his family didn't want to see Pilotti go to jail and that they're ready to move on. They plan to donate the restitution money to the SPCA.
"We just wanted him to be responsible for his actions. He apologized to us -- I just accepted his apology in the courtroom." ~Bock
Sadly, this will not bring Argus and Fiona back to their loving family, but hopefully it will bring them closure. Rest in peace, Argus and Fiona.
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