Man charged with stabbing dog at Cecil County park Animal kept circling his snowmobile, officials say

February 20, 1996|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

An Elkton man was charged yesterday with stabbing a dog with a buck knife at a Cecil County park and throwing the wounded animal, which later died, into bushes after the dog kept running around his snowmobile.

William Robert Shockley, 35, of the 400 block of Gallaher Road was charged with cruelty to animals, inflicting unnecessary pain on a dog and illegally operating an off-road vehicle in a state park. He was released on $1,000 bail.

John Surrick, a spokesman for Maryland Natural Resources Police, said the Saturday evening stabbing was witnessed by an Elkton woman and her teen-age son.

The woman told police that a dog was running around a snowmobile at Fair Hill Natural Environmental Area. "The man called the dog over and stabbed the dog numerous times and threw the dog into some bushes," Mr. Surrick said.

The woman and her son retrieved the dog. But the animal, believed to be a cocker spaniel, died before the woman could find an animal hospital. The woman called the Department of Natural Resources and the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

SPCA officer John Kitchen and DNR Ranger Mel Adam went to the scene and followed the snowmobile trail for 1 1/2 hours before finding the snowmobile parked at a house off Route 273 near Wesley's Restaurant.

A man at the house said he owned the snowmobile and had lent it to the suspect, who was arrested yesterday, Mr. Surrick said. The dog, he said, was owned by Mr. Shockley's roommate.

If convicted, Mr. Shockley could be sentenced to up to 240 days in jail and fined $2,750.

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