By Joe Mahoney
The Daily Star
---- — A 34-year-old Walton man was charged Wednesday with two counts of animal cruelty in connection with the fatal shootings of two Siberian huskies, the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office reported.
Jared Boice was issued an appearance ticket directing him to appear in Tompkins town court at a later date, Undersheriff Craig DuMond said.
The dogs, Kodah and Mush, had been missing for several weeks when their carcasses were found near a ravine off Finch Hollow Road in Tompkins last Friday.
The owner of the pets, Carol Mahoney, an accountant, pressed for a criminal investigation into the killings of the two dogs, which were both shot in the face.
On Monday, she acknowledged in an interview with The Daily Star that one of her neighbors had threatened to shoot the dogs because they had killed several of his chickens.
The person she identified as having made the threats was someone other than Boice. That man admitted making the threat, but denied shooting the pets, authorities said.
DuMond said Boice, when questioned by investigators, admitted shooting the Huskies, explaining he did so because they were chasing deer.
The undersheriff said that there is no legal basis for a civilian to shoot dogs because they are chasing deer.
Mahoney’s daughter, Rebecca, a student at the State University of Delhi, said she was pleased that Sheriff’s Department investigators have made an arrest in the case.
“I definitely want him charged with everything he can be charged with,” she said, noting, “It’s not even hunting season.”
Carol Mahoney said the damage done by Boice went beyond killing her two beloved dogs, Kodah and Mush.
“My daughter’s spirit is broken, and that’s something you can’t fix,” the mother said.
The fact that her two dogs were cut down in such violent fashion has sent a shiver of concern through the community, she said.
“People who kill animals often move on to hurt people,” she said. “What happened to my babies is sick.”