ORRINGTON, Maine — The local man who used a rifle to kill a dog last fall and was charged by the Maine Warden Service with shooting a domestic animal has signed an agreement for deferred disposition of the case, Assistant District Attorney Tracy Lacher announced.
The dog, a 2-year-old purebred German shepherd named Maggie, was running loose in the woods when it was shot by Seth White, 53, who used a rifle with a scope.
The deferred disposition agreement gives White until Jan. 11 to fulfill requirements to pay $777 in restitution — the cost of replacing the dog and for Maggie’s veterinary bills — and attend counseling sessions. The agreement also bars him from possessing any firearms, wild game or birds and stipulates that he may not apply for a hunting license, Lacher said.
Under the agreement, “He pled no contest to the cruelty to animals and admitted to a civil violation of the same charge,” she said. “If he does well, [the criminal charge] will become a civil offense” at his Jan. 11 sentencing.
If White fails to pay restitution or is caught breaking the law or the rules of the agreement, he’ll face the full criminal penalty.
White was found by state game wardens, who were told by other hunters that he had been hunting in the area and that they had heard gunshots shortly after 7 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 2.
Maggie had been missing from her home on Mount High Drive since Monday, Oct. 31, after she and two other dogs had been let out to relieve themselves.
“Only two came back,” Orrington Animal Control Officer Carla Brown said at the time.
Maggie’s owner posted information about the missing dog on Facebook, offered a reward, and spread the word through a Bangor radio station and the Bangor Daily News website.
Maggie’s body was found in a wooded area late Wednesday afternoon by a farmer who was walking his own dog, Brown said.
“The evidence would show that Mr. White is an experienced hunter, he was using a rifle with a scope, and that this dog had classic markings of a German shepherd,” Lacher said in an email Wednesday. “At some point, he returned to the animal and dragged it a short distance into some woods. He never reported the incident. He later told investigators that he believed it was a coyote chasing a deer. (It is legal to hunt coyotes.)”
BDN reporter Dawn Gagnon contributed to this report.