State Police responded to Meddaugh Road in the town of LaGrange for a report of a dog shot on Jan. 28. An investigation determined Scott Messick of Pleasant Valley discharged a shotgun within 500 feet of nearby residences without permission and killed the dog.
Messick was charged with aggravated cruelty to animals, a Class A misdemeanor, and illegal discharge of a firearm, an unclassified misdemeanor, on Friday, Feb. 9.
Police have not released further details on the incident.
Messick was issued appearance tickets returnable to the town of LaGrange Court on Feb. 20.
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