In McMinnville, Oregon, a woman who shot and killed her neighbors’ two dogs because they wandered onto her property was sentenced on Wednesday to two days in jail. Nicole Wood, 43, killed the dogs using a hunting rifle and a handgun for apparently killing her cat months earlier.
According to Oregon Live, Wood must also pay a $1,000 fine, be on probation for 18 months, complete 200 hours of community service and give up the two guns she used to kill the dogs on November 19, 2017.
The dogs were owned by two separate families who lived nearby. Wood stated the dogs were a menace to the neighborhood, and said she had warned one of the owners that if the dogs entered her property, she would kill them. And that’s what she did in November. Since the dogs, a three-year-old German shorthair pointer named Danner and a six-year-old Boxer named Shelby were not being aggressive towards humans or animals, Wood was charged with animal cruelty.
Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office says someone can kill a neighbor’s dog if it is chasing, injuring or killing their livestock or threatening a human. Otherwise, it is important to call authorities and not take the law into one’s own hands.
After the two day trial, Wood was found guilty of two misdemeanors of first-degree animal abuse. The judge acquitted her of felony animal abuse. Wood is a veterinary technician and a registered nurse.
Rest in peace Danner and Shelby.
(Photos of woman sentenced to two days in jail and dogs killed via Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office and trial photos via Oregon Live)
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