A man was charged by police after he allegedly shot his neighbor's dog with a hunting arrow.
Byron Carpenter, 36, of Oakham, allegedly shot the boarder collie, labrador retriever mix last month and was charged following an investigation, according to the Worcester Telegram & Gazette.
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The dog suffered injuries to a leg and has undergone two surgeries.
While authorities said Carpenter shot the dog knowing it was a pet and was tired of its barking, a written statement by Carpenter says otherwise.
Carpenter said in his statement that he was coming out of the woods behind his home when some animals that he thought might be coyotes came at him and he shot into the darkness.
Carpenter was arraigned in court on Friday on charges of discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a residence, causing property damage with a hunting weapon and maiming an animal. He was ordered to surrender his hunting equipment and released on his own recognizance.
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