Jersey man who shot neighbor’s poodle in the head sentenced to prison

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In Maple Shade, New Jersey, a judge sentenced the man who shot his neighbor’s therapy dog with an air rifle has been sentenced to five years in prison.

According to 6AbcNews, the sentence was the result of a plea agreement with William Stroemel, 65, of Maple Shade, the Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office said. Stroemel, a heavy equipment operator known as “Wild Willie” pleaded guilty to possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose in April.

Stroemel shot the nine-year-old poodle, Toby, in the head as the dog passed his home in September 2019. Toby’s injuries were so severe, veterinarians and his owner made the decision to euthanize the dog. Toby had been a therapy dog and helped relieve the post-traumatic stress disorder experienced by a Vietnam War veteran.

In addition to the prison sentence, the plea agreement includes requiring Stroemel make restitution to Toby’s owners for the cost of the veterinary care and necropsy.

Rest in peace Toby.

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