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March 26, 2014

Walton man arrested for shooting huskies

Jared Boice confesses, charged with animal cruelty, sheriff's office says

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A 34-year-old Walton man was charged today 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.
 
DuMond said Boice 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 has started a Facebook page in an effort to call attention to the case: Justice for Kodah and Mush. — she wrote: “Our goal is to gather information and tips to bring this/these sick criminals to justice for our babies.”
 
They were very friendly, beautiful pets,” she said. On a Facebook page she has launched to call attention to the case — Justice for Kodah and Mush — she wrote: “Our goal is to gather information and tips to bring this/these sick criminals to justice for our babies.”
 
In the interview, Mahoney said she was speaking out about the incident to not only get to the bottom of what happened to her dogs but to also help people understand the heartache that results when a pet is killed in such fashion."
 
“I want people to be aware that what happened to my babies can happen to their dogs,” she said. 
 

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