Lake County: Man shoots dog, threatens wife

PERRY TOWNSHIP -- Lake County Sheriff's deputies charged a Perry Township man with domestic violence and animal cruelty.

Just before 4 a.m. today, deputies went to a Dorchester Road home in reference to a 911 call from Patricia Harnish, 60, who indicated that her husband, Roger Harnish, 68, had just shot her dog.

Upon arrival, deputies heard an additional gunshot coming from the home.

The investigation revealed that, upon Patricia Harnish arriving home from work, an argument occurred with her husband over financial matters.

According to the wife, her 3-year-old Rhodesian Ridgeback dog named Terry is very protective of her. According to her, during the argument, her husband came at her in an aggressive manner with his hand displayed in a manner which led her to believe that he was going to choke her and attack her.

The dog became agitated at the confrontation and began to growl at Roger Harnish as he went towards his wife.

The wife indicated that her husband stated that he was going to kill the dog for the way it was acting. She pleaded for her husband not to harm her dog and she proceeded to place the dog in a wire dog kennel cage in an attempt to calm the dog.

According to Patricia Harnish, the argument continued and she felt threatened by her husband, during which Terry continued to growl at her husband from the closed cage. The wife stated that her husband then went to their bedroom and retrieved a 9mm handgun, then he shot the dog twice while it was secured in the kennel.

Patricia Harnish stated that she immediately ran out of the home, believing that her life was in danger and she would be shot next.

She said that, while running out of the home to a neighbor's home, she heard two more shots from inside the home and suspected that her husband shot her dog two more times.

When deputies spoke to Roger Harnish, he readily admitted to shooting the dog four times while it was kenneled in the cage to insure that it was dead. Deputies recovered the handgun at the home.

Deputies located the dog off the rear deck of the residence in the yard where the husband had dragged it after he shot it. Deputies found that the dog had severe head trauma however found the dog still alive.

Deputies attempted to reach local animal rescue agencies, however were unable to make contact with anyone.

Deputies saw that the dog was suffering badly and had to be humanely dispatched by a deputy.


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