September 26, 2018
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Mass. man who allegedly shot neighbors’ golden retriever faces charges

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Lakeville, Massachusetts, Town Hall.
Bangor Daily News

A Massachusetts man who allegedly shot his neighbors’ golden retriever is being charged with a crime for doing so, Boston television station WCVB reported.

Police have charged Mark J. Vasseur, 61, with malicious killing/injury of a domesticated animal, the station reported.

[Couple grieves after golden retriever allegedly shot by neighbor]

Vasseur previously told WCVB the dog was growling and showing his teeth, and that he feared the animal was a danger to him, his wife and his chickens.

The owners of the dog, Krissy Dashner and Pate Bates, told the station they let their two dogs out for a run Sunday on their nine-acre Lakeville, Massachusetts, property, but their golden retriever, Walle, didn’t come back.

Bates told WCVB at the time that he knows “people have a right to defend their livestock, if that’s what they’re doing,” but added, “I really wish that he had come and talked to us” instead.

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