Central Maine Daily Sentinel, ME
Saturday, December 13, 2003
Hunter allegedly killed 1, shot another
ST. ALBANS -- A Palmyra man faces charges of aggravated
cruelty to animals after he allegedly killed one dog and shot off a rear
foot of another while deer hunting near Denbow Road last month.
Christopher Owens, 34, is scheduled to appear in Skowhegan
District Court on Jan. 28. Owens is charged with shooting two dogs, both
year-old black German shepherds owned by Christopher Silva of St. Albans.
The shootings are not believed to be accidental, according to police.
One of the dogs, named Bear, died after being shot through
Midnight, from the same litter, was able to return home
after one of his rear feet was shot off. Midnight required extensive medical
treatment and is still recovering, according to state police Trooper James
Police charged Owens on Wednesday after executing a search
warrant at his home on Warren Hill Road, about a half-mile from the Silva
residence, according to Medeiros.
That arrest capped a three-week investigation that started
when Christopher Silva reported the shootings Nov. 18.
Medeiros said Silva took him to a wooded area about 200
yards from his home where he had found Bear's body.
Medeiros said he found some evidence in the place where
Bear's body was found. Later, Medeiros talked with Owens while canvassing
At first, Owens said he knew nothing of the incident, but
Medeiros said some of his statements contradicted known facts.
Other information gathered during the investigation also
led back to Owens and eventually to Wednesday's search warrant.
A hunting rifle was seized during the search.
Medeiros said he believes the rifle was used in the shootings.
Medeiros said the dogs were the playmates of the Silvas'
two small boys and that the Silvas have suffered a financial hardship in the
form of veterinary bills for their surviving dog.