UPDATE: BREAKING: DA: Gabriel Pilotti, 72, charged with cruelty to animals and recklessly endangering another person in connection to West Vincent dog killing. –Per the Daily Local News Facebook Page
Yeah, you read right. The two beautiful Bernese Mountain Dogs were shot by the owner’s neighbor because they entered onto his property.
As a Pennsylvania State Law, residents are legally able to shoot and kill if they feel that the animal is a threat to their livestock. Even though livestock OFTEN break free of fencing and trail off the property.
Bernese Mountain Dogs are farm dogs by heritage. Their nature is herding and because I am the owner of a Golden Retriever, I know all too well, that sometimes dogs escape from their yards. It’s the nature of the dog to run, to herd. Some people, like Gabriel Pilotti for instance, fail to understand this concept that all dog owners understand.
These dogs entered on to his property and began herding his sheep. None of the sheep were injured by the dogs. Gabriel Pilotti’s solution was to shoot both of the dogs in the head killing them instantly. There was no warning to the owners, as this was the first time the dogs entered on to Pilotti’s property.
UPDATE: Please Visit the Chester County DA’s website for any Press Release about this case: http://www.chesco.org/index.aspx?NID=2001
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Update: there has been a group page on Facebook created: Justice for Argus and Fiona
Also, more details into this story can be found on ChesterCountyRamblings