In McMinnville, Oregon, a registered vet tech shot and killed her neighbor’s two dogs with a rifle for running onto her property. According to KatuNews, Nicole Wood used a hunting rifle and a handgun to kill the dogs.
On Friday, the Yamhill County Sheriff’s deputies arrived at Wood’s home located at Southwest Peavine Road concerning reports of a shooting. One of the owners of the two dogs was present and identified the deceased dogs as a 3-year-old German shorthaired pointer named Danner, and a 6-year-old Boxer named Shelby. Neither of the dogs had been aggressive nor posed any harm.
Wood has been charged with two counts of first degree animal abuse. It is not a crime to shoot dogs if they chase, injure or kill livestock on public or private property. Citizens can also defend themselves against an aggressive dog threatening harm to them or another pet. Jodi Whiting, a dog control officer with the Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office, stated this was not the case.
Wood, 43, has been a registered veterinary technician in the state for over 20 years. She is scheduled to appear in court in December 2.
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(Photo of vet tech via Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office)