Convicted dog shooter jailed on probation violation charge

Posted Sept. 18, 2013, at 3:12 p.m.
Eric Lugar
Courtesy of Knox County Jail
Eric Lugar

ROCKLAND, Maine — A 37-year-old Tenants Harbor man who was convicted in May for shooting a dog because it had defecated on his floor is back behind bars after the state claimed he violated probation.

Eric T. Lugar was ordered held without bail by Judge Patricia Worth at a hearing Wednesday afternoon in Rockland District Court.

A probation revocation motion filed by the district attorney’s office stated that Lugar violated probation by being arrested for operating under the influence, failing to report to his probation officer, and failing to undergo psychological evaluation as had been ordered.

Lugar has four prior OUI convictions, according to Assistant District Attorney Chris Fernald. He asked that the defendant be held without bail.

Defense attorney William Pagnano asked for $1,000 cash bail, saying Lugar was not a flight risk. Lugar is a sternman on a fishing vessel and has strong ties to the community, he added.

Justice Joyce Wheeler sentenced Lugar in May in Knox County Superior Court to 364 days in jail with all but 60 days suspended for cruelty to animals. In addition, he received a two-year sentence for possessing the firearm and taking a television from a St. George home in November.

Lugar served his 60 days before he was released on probation. Now he is being held until a revocation hearing to determine how much, if any, additional time he will serve.

The shooting of his mixed-breed dog Scooter occurred April 15 at his home. The dog was shot above its left eye with the bullet going through its mouth and jaw.

The dog survived and has recovered.

According to an affidavit filed in court by the Knox County Sheriff’s Office, the department was alerted to the animal cruelty by a person who heard Lugar bragging about shooting the dog because it had made a mess on the floor.

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