Wellsburg Man Pleads Guilty In Dog Shooting | News, Sports, Jobs

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Photograph by Warren Scott
Additional than 20 individuals gathered outside the house the Brooke County Courthouse Monday early morning to really encourage prosecution towards a Wellsburg gentleman accused of shooting and killing a pet that belonged to his neighbor.

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WELLSBURG — A Wellsburg male entered a plea of guilty to 1 rely of cruelty to animals on Monday in link with the capturing loss of life of a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel on his home on Oct. 6.

Ronald J. Sebeck, 71, of Wellsburg, is slated to return to courtroom on Dec. 12 for sentencing.

In accepting the plea, 1st Judicial Circuit Court Choose Ronald Wilson observed penalties for the felony contain a single to 5 years in jail and a wonderful of no a lot less than $1,000 and no a lot more than $5,000.

Brooke County Prosecuting Attorney Joe Barki mentioned when questioned by a Brooke County sheriff’s deputy, Sebeck confessed to shooting the puppy with an air rifle but didn’t confess until later that he experienced thrown it around a hillside.

Barki mentioned several garden care staff told deputies they experienced noticed Sebeck discard the canine.

The prosecutor explained the puppy was taken to a Wheeling veterinarian who taken out a smaller metal pellet from its abdomen and located it had died from blunt power trauma and internal bleeding.

Barki reported the plea arrangement was supported by the dog’s operator, who had described the pet dog lacking on Sept. 22 and instructed the sheriff’s division she’d acquired details that Sebeck experienced shot and disposed of it.

Lawyer Dean Williams, who is symbolizing Sebeck, mentioned adhering to the listening to, “It was a tragedy. Mr. Sebeck has admitted to it, extends his deepest sympathy to the family members, is inclined to acknowledge obligation and wishes to go ahead.”

50 % the courtroom was crammed with about 30 persons who still left when the hearing finished.

Numerous of them experienced collected outdoors the courthouse in the morning with indicators studying “Justice for Poppy,” the dog’s identify and bearing photographs of the puppy.

Between them was Donna Sullivan, who reported several arrived to help the proprietor and her loved ones, which includes a few small children, but also to make apparent their disapproval.

“I assume men and women don’t want to put up with this things — people today who shoot a pet or cat mainly because it enters their yard,” she said.

Sullivan said 1000’s of individuals signed a petition pushing for the highest sentence for the person accountable for the dog’s dying.

“I assume that speaks rather loudly for how sad people are,” she claimed.

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