Northern York County Regional Police

Man Who Shot And Killed Dog To Save His Cat Will Not Face Charges


YORK COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA — In Dover Township, York County, a man shot a dog that was attacking his cat and will not face charges, as confirmed by Northern York County Regional Police. The incident occurred on Monday, just before 4:30 p.m., when a two-year-old malamute, not properly confined, entered the man’s property and began chasing cats. The dog caught one cat and was violently shaking it, prompting the property owner to shoot the dog multiple times to save his cat.

Police arrived on the scene and saw the injured dog leaving the area towards Pinchtown Road. They located the dog’s owner, and both searched for the wounded animal. The dog was eventually found and taken to a veterinarian, where it later succumbed to its injuries.

According to the police, the man’s actions were legally justified under Pennsylvania law, which allows individuals to kill a dog if it is seen attacking domestic animals, other pets, or humans. This law also absolves individuals from any liability for such actions. Furthermore, the law states that it is illegal for dogs to not be properly confined on their owner’s property. The police expressed regret over the incident but affirmed the cat owner’s right to protect his animals. No criminal charges will be filed in this case.

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