STANDISH, Maine — A Westbrook hunter who shot and killed a dog he said he thought was a coyote has been charged.
The Maine Warden Service says Steven Barrows, 50, was issued a summons this week on a charge of shooting a domesticated animal.
Authorities say Barrows shot the Siberian husky on the last day of deer season Saturday while hunting in Standish. Game wardens say the dog slipped out of its harness and ran into woods near its home.
The dog’s owner tells the Portland Press Herald that Barrows called to apologize but she still thinks he should lose his hunting license.
Barrows refused comment on the charge.
At least three dogs that hunters say they mistook for coyotes have been shot in Maine this season.