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Man arraigned in shooting of neighbor's dog

February 23, 2008

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Shepherdstown, W.Va., man was arraigned Friday in Jefferson County Magistrate Court on animal cruelty and related charges after allegedly shooting a dog while it was chained at a neighboring home, according to court records.

Edwin W. Wabnitz III, 53, of 6075 Martinsburg Pike, was charged with one felony count of animal cruelty and three misdemeanor counts of discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a dwelling, according to complaint filed in court by Jefferson County Sheriff's Department Sgt. R.S. Sell.

Magistrate Mary Paul Rissler set a $7,500 bond for Wabnitz, court records show.

According to Sell's complaint, Wabnitz admitted that he shot at the dog three times Thursday with a .22 rifle, but he claimed the pit bull attacked him.

Wabnitz told Sell that he was in his backyard collecting firewood when the dog barked at him and lunged at him, and he turned and fired three shots, according to the officer's report.

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