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NJ: Hunter shoots dog

Mansfield Township couple suspect beloved pet shot by illegal hunter

April 11, 2009

Mansfield Township resident Cheryl Egnat talks with her dog, Bobo, who was shot and is still bleeding from his exit wound.

Living on a secluded 22-acre property in Mansfield Township that is in close proximity to a hunting club, Brian and Cheryl Egnat are accustomed to hearing gunshots.

The couple was shocked, however, when their 5-year-old yellow Labrador came crawling out of the woods bleeding from entry and exit gunshot wounds.

"We have some information that there was some illegal hunting going on there," said township Patrolman Jeffrey Conklin.

The Egnats do not suspect the hunting club on the other side of the hill because "they're pretty good," according to Brian Egnat.

Mansfield police took the initial investigation but have since turned it over to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection's Division of Fish and Wildlife, which oversees hunting regulations.

Darlene Yuhas, a spokeswoman for the DEP, said Thursday that wildlife conservation officers planned to meet with local police to discuss their findings.

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