Two dogs owned by the Brown family of Warren were allegedly shot by a neighbor. Credit: WGME

A Warren man is accused of shooting his neighbor’s two dogs because he was afraid that they would attack his chickens.

James Batty, 58, was charged with cruelty to animals following the Oct. 14 shooting, Knox County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Patrick Polky said, according to Village Soup.

The neighbor, farm owner Billy Brown, said that one dog, JD, was shot in his hind leg, while Millie had her front ankle shattered by a bullet. The Brown family said that the dogs were shot while cutting through a corner of Batty’s property, WGME reported.

The family took out a $10,000 loan to pay the veterinary bill for the dogs.

Batty allegedly told the Browns that the dogs would attack the chickens.