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Bristol man who shot neighbor's dog charged with felony animal cruelty
New Hampshire Union Leader ^ | 8-1-12 | Dan Seufert

Posted on 08/01/2012 6:29:04 PM PDT by AlmaKing

BRISTOL – A 5-year-old dog is recovering from a gunshot wound above his right eye and a local man is being charged with felony animal cruelty after shooting the dog on its owner's lawn last week, police said.

Michael Nelson, 36, a resident of Pike's Point Road, has been charged with cruelty to animals, a Class B felony punishable by 3½ to 7 years in jail, and criminal mischief, a misdemeanor, for shooting named Australian shepherd mix named Tucker.

Tucker, who is owned by Michael and Lynne Furey, Pasadena, Md., and who were staying at their summer cottage several houses down from Nelson's home, is recovering from a gunshot wound above the right eye, the bullet left the skull through his right ear and then hit the dog's rear right toe, said Lynne Furey.

The dog is suffering from a neurological problem and has trouble keeping its balance, Furey said. The toe also had to be amputated.

Nelson, who was not reachable for comment, told police that he was acting in self-defense when he shot the dog on the Furey's lawn at about 3:30 p.m. Friday as the Fureys and several friends sat inside their home, according to Detective Sgt. Timothy Woodward.

“He claimed it was self-defense, that the dog had come to his yard and wouldn't stop barking, so he chased the dog to the owner's home and pulled out his gun, and shot the dog in the head,” Woodward said.

Nelson legally owned the gun, a 9 mm pistol, Woodward said. But police charged him with a felony after the investigation showed his actions were not warranted.

“If his life had been threatened or even minimally in danger, it might have been justified,” Woodworth said. “If this was a 100-pound Rottweiler, you might be able to understand it. But this was a 50-55 pound dog. He could have taken any number of other actions.”

The Fureys, who don't know Nelson, said they were sitting with friends at different sides of the house when they heard Tucker barking, and then heard a gunshot, Lynne Furey said.

“My husband came from one side of the house and I came from the other, and we see this man with a gun and our dog is rolling around in a pool of blood,” she said. “Of course we thought he was dying.”

Nelson looked at the Fureys and told them to call the police. “He said, 'I just shot your dog,'” she said. “He said something like, 'he was coming for me so I shot him.'”

The Fureys rushed Tucker to an animal hospital in Plymouth. It was recommended that the dog be taken to a Boston veterinary hospital, where his toe was amputated.

He is still having a neurological disorder as the result of the gunshot wound, but is expected to make a full recovery in the coming months, Lynne Furey said.

The couple is still shocked by the shooting, though. “He followed my dog with a loaded gun to our private property and shot him,” she said.


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1 posted on 08/01/2012 6:29:14 PM PDT by AlmaKing
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To: AlmaKing

” He claimed it was self-defense, that the dog had come to his yard and wouldn’t stop barking, so he chased the dog to the owner’s home and pulled out his gun, and shot the dog in the head “

This idjit should suffer a similar fate .


2 posted on 08/01/2012 6:34:05 PM PDT by sushiman
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To: AlmaKing

Possible prison for shooting an animal? At most, it is a fine for damaging somebody’s property. In this case, the property was harassing the guy, so he took care of the business. A bit excessive in my book, however. So, a fine is good in this case.


3 posted on 08/01/2012 6:34:09 PM PDT by sagar
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To: sagar

Dogs bark . Call the owner before shooting .


4 posted on 08/01/2012 6:35:12 PM PDT by sushiman
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To: sushiman

“Dogs bark . Call the owner before shooting .”

Dogs bark... and bite, as well. So, take care of the potential threat, then call the owner to pick up the mess.

This time, based on the description, the guy was a bit too anxious to get rid of the dog. The guy should have shot the dog when it was on his property.


5 posted on 08/01/2012 6:37:51 PM PDT by sagar
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Before anyone flames me, I do love dogs of all kinds.


6 posted on 08/01/2012 6:38:17 PM PDT by AlmaKing
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To: AlmaKing

“I do love dogs of all kinds.”

Yum, stir or deep fried?


7 posted on 08/01/2012 6:39:38 PM PDT by sagar
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To: AlmaKing

Quick, have him become a cop. Make it all well and good!!!


8 posted on 08/01/2012 6:40:38 PM PDT by SkyDancer ("Ambition Without Talent Is Sad - Talent Without Ambition Is Worse")
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To: sagar

I’m from the South. Deep fried is preferable, where you can’t tell if it’s dog or an oyster.


9 posted on 08/01/2012 6:42:54 PM PDT by AlmaKing
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To: sagar

A lot of towns in NH have leash laws...is Bristol one of them? The animal should have been on a leash if he was off the owner’s property...following it then shooting it was out of bounds, but the dog shouldn’t have been loose in the first place.


10 posted on 08/01/2012 6:43:43 PM PDT by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: AnAmericanMother; Titan Magroyne; Badeye; SandRat; arbooz; potlatch; afraidfortherepublic; ...
WOOOF!

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11 posted on 08/01/2012 6:46:27 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: who knows what evil?

Call the owner . Guy’s like this arse give the left more ammo for taking our guns .


12 posted on 08/01/2012 6:46:53 PM PDT by sushiman
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To: who knows what evil?

Call the owner . Guys
like this arse give the left more ammo for taking our guns .


13 posted on 08/01/2012 6:47:09 PM PDT by sushiman
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To: who knows what evil?

With property (dog) comes responsibility (leash). An unleashed dog is a hazard to anyone. A barking mad dog needs to be put down.


14 posted on 08/01/2012 6:49:12 PM PDT by sagar
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To: sagar

There a couple of towns in NH that consider a dog ‘leashed’ if it is opn the owner’s property ‘under the owner’s command’...WTF? Yeah...’under the owner’s control’ until the dog sees a cat...’leash’ means ‘leash’ where I come from...


15 posted on 08/01/2012 6:51:50 PM PDT by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: sushiman

“like this arse give the left more ammo for taking our guns .”

The left does not need more “ammo” to disarm the population. They are motivated enough A:READY by the thought of docile and willing population that is unwilling to use their guns when necessary.

At least this guy used his gun to defend himself/family/property from an out of control dog. If everybody uses their guns responsibly and frequently, nobody would be daring to take away guns.

“A right not exercised is a right lost.”


16 posted on 08/01/2012 6:54:30 PM PDT by sagar
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To: AlmaKing

“If his life had been threatened or even minimally in danger, it might have been justified,” (Detective Sgt. Timothy) Woodworth said. “If this was a 100-pound Rottweiler, you might be able to understand it. But this was a 50-55 pound dog. He could have taken any number of other actions.”

Oh, the irony.....


17 posted on 08/01/2012 6:55:25 PM PDT by Politicalmom (THIS IS NOT A GOP CHEERLEADING SITE!!!)
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To: AlmaKing
The couple is still shocked by the shooting, though. “He followed my dog with a loaded gun to our private property and shot him,” she said.

Apparently YOUR property was violating Mr. Nelson's private property...I see the dog owners are from 'out of state'. This is getting to be a real problem for old-time NH residents who have their private property rights violated on a daily basis. NY'ers and Massh*les routinely trespass to go berry picking, camping, shoot off fireworks, or whatever without giving any thought to the fact that they might be on someone's property. There is a simmering anger building...

18 posted on 08/01/2012 6:57:24 PM PDT by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: Politicalmom

Seriously. I saw all kinds of quotes like that that Freepers love to battle over.


19 posted on 08/01/2012 6:59:20 PM PDT by AlmaKing
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To: sagar

The dog could not have been THAT viscious if he chased it out of the yard .


20 posted on 08/01/2012 6:59:20 PM PDT by sushiman
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To: AlmaKing

Also charged with impersonating an officer.


21 posted on 08/01/2012 7:01:18 PM PDT by CrazyIvan (Obama's birth certificate was found stapled to Soros's receipt.)
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To: Politicalmom
Oh, the irony.....

Because each and every of the hundreds of thousands of police officers in the US have killed at least 5 dogs each. In fact, there are probably 250,000 US police officers that have killed like 50 dogs or more. As there are literally thousands of innocent dogs killed each day by thousands of police officers of which all US police have the same views as sagar.
Yes, then of course it is ironic.
22 posted on 08/01/2012 7:02:37 PM PDT by brent13a
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To: who knows what evil?
Apparently YOUR property was violating Mr. Nelson's private property...I see the dog owners are from 'out of state'. This is getting to be a real problem for old-time NH residents who have their private property rights violated on a daily basis. NY'ers and Massh*les routinely trespass to go berry picking, camping, shoot off fireworks, or whatever without giving any thought to the fact that they might be on someone's property. There is a simmering anger building...

So....... you're advocating as a first reaction to the trespassing, shooting all of the visitors (whom are bringing out of state money to your community) in the head, as well as their dogs/cats/ferrets/cockatoos?
Better yet, chase them out of your yard then shoot them int heir head on someone else's property as they are fleeing.
23 posted on 08/01/2012 7:07:29 PM PDT by brent13a
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To: brent13a
So....... you're advocating as a first reaction to the trespassing, shooting all of the visitors (whom are bringing out of state money to your community) in the head, as well as their dogs/cats/ferrets/cockatoos? Better yet, chase them out of your yard then shoot them int heir head on someone else's property as they are fleeing.

Where the hell did I say that? Where did I ever imply that? People need to respect the property rights of landowners...simple as that. Just because they are 'bringing money to our community', I am to allow them access to my property whenever they deem it necessary? I don't think so.

24 posted on 08/01/2012 7:12:00 PM PDT by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: AlmaKing
Hey, only cops can kill 55 lbs dogs! Here is a nice selection of the dangerous killers I found around the web.


25 posted on 08/01/2012 7:14:20 PM PDT by Freedom_Is_Not_Free (REPEAL OBAMACARE. Nothing else matters.)
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To: sushiman

“The dog could not have been THAT viscious if he chased it out of the yard.”

The level of viciousness cannot be determined based on the distance and direction traveled by an irrational creature. Dogs pounce and then retreat all the time. And they continue to run when they start running.

Incapacitating the dog might have been necessary, because it might have turned back and attacked the guy.


26 posted on 08/01/2012 7:18:43 PM PDT by sagar
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To: AlmaKing
I have a solution for the guy that would chase a dog back home and try to blow its brains out...


27 posted on 08/01/2012 7:24:03 PM PDT by stormer
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To: who knows what evil?; brent13a

There is serious animosity between NH and MA residents.

I hate it when they come up here. Their behavior on the roads and at the tourist attractions brings the animosity on themselves.

Witness the MA cop who came up here for a minor league game, then got fired for yelling racist slurs in a family environment. Turns out he had a long history of that behavior.

http://newsone.com/2027364/john-perreault-racial-slur-carl-crawford/

MA residents aren’t welcome here, and they know it.


28 posted on 08/01/2012 7:25:15 PM PDT by AlmaKing
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To: AlmaKing

Cops kill dogs all the time without punishment, yet, a peasant shoots a dog and the King goes nuts?


29 posted on 08/01/2012 7:28:11 PM PDT by CodeToad (History says our end is near.)
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To: AlmaKing

It’s the NY imports in my area...’f’ this and ‘m-f’ that in a LOUD voice so ALL the neighbors can hear...just like back in the ‘city’. They do this in front of their own children, as well...


30 posted on 08/01/2012 7:30:00 PM PDT by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: AlmaKing

You could always shoot them.


31 posted on 08/01/2012 7:33:50 PM PDT by ladyjane
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To: who knows what evil?
Where the hell did I say that? Where did I ever imply that?

Your original comments in context with the above story garners that implication. Your comments in context with the shooters actions of the story lead me to deduce that no matter what, you support his decision to kill the "leafer's" dog just because it came onto his property. You then replace the "dog" of the story with Human trespassers, and state there is "simmering anger".
32 posted on 08/01/2012 7:34:17 PM PDT by brent13a
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To: AlmaKing
There is serious animosity between NH and MA residents.

I've heard of the local animosity towards "leafers". But when protecting someone's property rights they shouldn't go straight to shooting someone unless it's absolutely warranted. Police have too and are supposed to follow the "Use of Force" or "Escalation of Force" Pyramid when dealing with threats, I think it would do private citizens well to try to abide by the same common sense:
As in fences and 'no trespassing' signs. Have trespassers arrested. Don't just immediately go straight to deadly force.
I don't let my fellow police officers at my police department go straight to deadly force, I attempt to curtail that with proper training.
33 posted on 08/01/2012 7:41:51 PM PDT by brent13a
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To: AlmaKing
Michael Nelson, 36, a resident of Pike's Point Road, has been charged with cruelty to animals, a Class B felony punishable by 3½ to 7 years in jail,...

Meanwhile, where are we at with the San Antonio cop who left two K9 dogs to die in his vehicle?

34 posted on 08/01/2012 7:43:12 PM PDT by MileHi ( "It's coming down to patriots vs the politicians." - ovrtaxt)
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To: MileHi
Meanwhile, where are we at with the San Antonio cop who left two K9 dogs to die in his vehicle?

As a police officer I hope there are animal advocate groups in that area that will push for a full investigation and adequate punishment. Whether you look at it as destroyed property or from a humane standpoint the deputy needs to be punished to the fullest. I would expect no less of our PD's K9 officer.
35 posted on 08/01/2012 7:46:02 PM PDT by brent13a
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To: brent13a

Nobody is advocating going straight to deadly force to solve problems. I didn’t see any poster say that. Expressing frustration is the pastime of FR. But, Freepers don’t take the next step in regards to violence. I just don’t see that.


36 posted on 08/01/2012 7:46:20 PM PDT by AlmaKing
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To: AlmaKing
Nobody is advocating going straight to deadly force to solve problems. I didn’t see any poster say that.

You may not "see" it, but the implication is vividly there in several of the postings.
If that isn't those posters true feelings they should word their "frustrations" better.
37 posted on 08/01/2012 7:49:43 PM PDT by brent13a
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To: brent13a
You won't mind if I don't hold my breath. There are far too many stories of police getting a pass for what would get any “civilian” a long prison term.
38 posted on 08/01/2012 7:51:35 PM PDT by MileHi ( "It's coming down to patriots vs the politicians." - ovrtaxt)
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To: AlmaKing
Stupid arrogant dog owners give all dog owners a bad name. Letting a dog roam the neighborhood because he's your dog and thus special, causes all sorts of bad karma.
39 posted on 08/01/2012 7:52:18 PM PDT by publius911 (Formerly Publius 6961, formerly jennsdad)
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To: AlmaKing
Stupid arrogant dog owners give all dog owners a bad name. Letting a dog roam the neighborhood because he's your dog and thus special, causes all sorts of bad karma.
40 posted on 08/01/2012 7:52:32 PM PDT by publius911 (Formerly Publius 6961, formerly jennsdad)
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To: sagar

You’re defending the “right” of this effing no impulse control, dumb felon-to-be to invade someone’s private property and shoot their dog because their dog was barking??? Then you inject “mad” to justify putting the dog down??? I expect that this ahole will be convicted and will serve substantial time and as a felon will never again be able to own a firearm. Had this barking mad nutcase come onto my property and and threatened my life by shooting my dog, I would have justifiably put the SOB down on the spot.

and please, cut the prissy moralities.


41 posted on 08/01/2012 7:54:15 PM PDT by Postman (It's time again: US out of the UN. UN out of the US. Zero to follow. Make space in Kenya!)
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To: sagar

This is the most ignorant post I’ve seen on FR all day.

Dogs are not mere property, they’re valued and love3d members of the family......and if this asshat had shot my dog, prison would have been the least of his worries.


42 posted on 08/01/2012 7:57:56 PM PDT by Emperor Palpatine (Tosca, mi fai dimenticare Iddio!!!!!)
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To: AlmaKing

I can remember as a kid that I had several dogs on my paper route that would come running out and try to bite me. I corrected the situation by wearing a good set of boots and a squirt gun filled with ammonia. A squirt to the face and a quick kick solved the problem. Most of the dogs would subsequently race towards me, but abruptly stop at their property line. Didn’t have to shoot a single dog or owner.


43 posted on 08/01/2012 8:15:28 PM PDT by RetiredTexasVet (Skittle pooping unicorns are more common than progressives with honor & integrity.)
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To: sagar; cripplecreek
Possible prison for shooting an animal? At most, it is a fine for damaging somebody’s property. In this case, the property was harassing the guy, so he took care of the business. A bit excessive in my book, however. So, a fine is good in this case.

Just curious - Have you ever had a dog you loved?

Ping to a fellow JRT owner with strong opinions. :)

IMHO this guy was waaay out of bounds. Nobody shoots my dog on my property. Talk to the owners, call the cops, whatever. Sounds like a nut.

44 posted on 08/01/2012 8:18:43 PM PDT by mplsconservative (Impeach Obama Now!)
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To: sagar

“The guy should have shot the dog when it was on his property.”

Maybe he didn’t because it never *was*.

You have the word of a lunatic who shoots dogs in their own yard.

“’I just shot your dog,’” she said. “He said something like, ‘he was coming for me so I shot him.’”

He was “coming for him” as he “chased the dog home”?

That makes no sense at all.

Sounds like BS, IMO.


45 posted on 08/01/2012 8:29:07 PM PDT by Salamander (I laugh to myself at the men and the ladies who never conceived of us billion dollar babies.)
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To: sagar
Incapacitating the dog might have been necessary, because it might have turned back and attacked the guy.

People who make comments like that need to be on leashes -- very short leashes.

46 posted on 08/01/2012 8:30:18 PM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: AlmaKing
MA residents aren’t welcome here, and they know it.

Well then why don't you do what the dogshooter did -- chase them back to MA and shoot them.

47 posted on 08/01/2012 8:37:40 PM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: Salamander

I would rather give the benefit of the doubt to a human rather than a dog.


48 posted on 08/01/2012 8:42:37 PM PDT by sagar
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To: AlmaKing

I don’t care what the circumstances. Somebody shoots my dog and instant double-tap. Their relatives can tell me later why my dog was shot.


49 posted on 08/01/2012 8:45:48 PM PDT by VeniVidiVici (Congrats to Ted Kennedy! He's been sober for two years now!!)
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To: sagar

Of course you would.

Obviously, this nutcase is your kind of guy.

[one of the parties involved can lie and justify himself...the other party cannot speak or defend himself...how *convenient*]


50 posted on 08/01/2012 8:49:00 PM PDT by Salamander (I laugh to myself at the men and the ladies who never conceived of us billion dollar babies.)
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