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Vermilion man charged for shooting neighbor's dog

The dog owner was also charged for failing to confine her pet.
Credit: Erie Co. Jail

VERMILION, Ohio — A Vermilion man is facing charges after police say he shot his neighbor's dog last weekend.

It happened Saturday night on Darrow Road when a woman, identified as Elizabeth Thayer, let her three dogs outside while she was getting ready for work. 

Thayer told authorities she heard her dogs barking and opened her front door to yell for them when she saw her neighbor, James Daniels, pointing a flashlight on her property from across the street.

According to an Erie County Sheriff's report, Thayer heard a gunshot and saw her Saint Bernard, named Ranger, fall to the ground crying.

Thayer said she gathered her other two dogs inside her home and crossed the street to speak with Daniels. She said she asked him if the dog bit him, to which he said no and advised that he did not want her dogs on his property.

According to the report, Thayer asked that Ranger be shot again so that he would not suffer or die slowly.

Thayer told deputies that Ranger had never shown aggressive behavior in the past.

Daniels was charged with prohibitions concerning companion animals. Thayer was charged with failure to confine an animal.