Officials: Man Shot Caged Dog Four Times
PERRY TOWNSHIP, Ohio — A caged dog that was acting protective of his owner was shot four times and survived, but ultimately had to be put down.
The Lake County Sheriff’s Office said a 60-year-old woman called 911 around 3:52 a.m. Tuesday to report the shooting.
Her husband, Roger Harnish, 68, was arrested and charged with animal cruelty and domestic violence against his wife.
An investigation revealed Harnish and his wife were arguing over finances in their Dorchester Road home in Perry Township.
A press release stated Harnish rushed at his wife in an aggressive manner, alarming Terry, the 3-year-old Rhodesian Ridgeback.
Terry, who is said to be very protective, began to growl at Harnish.
The sheriff’s office said Harnish threatened to kill the dog because of the way it was acting, but his wife pleaded with him to leave Terry alone.
She then locked the dog in a wire kennel to try to calm him.
The arguing continued, as did the growling.
Harnish allegedly went to the bedroom to get a 9mm handgun and shot Terry twice while he was secured in the kennel.
His wife ran out of the house and said she heard two more shots fired.
The sheriff’s office said Harnish admitted to shooting the dog four times “to make sure it was dead,” all while it was locked in the cage.
But Terry wasn’t dead.
Deputies found him in the yard where Harnish dragged him. The dog suffered from severe head trauma.
Attempts to reach local animal rescues were unsuccessful, the sheriff’s office said.
Because Terry was suffering so badly, a deputy humanely ended his life.
The handgun was recovered at the scene.