Killing Chincee: Pennsylvania Man Shoots Dog In A Family’s Yard Because Of “Abnormal Fear of Dogs”

Chincee submittedJoel T. Jackson, 50, of Manchester has a curious defense after he shot and killed a one-year dog named Chincee because he has an abnormal fear of dogs. His counsel added that “He was surprised a BB gun would have that kind of effect.” He could receive as much as six months for the killing. Notably, however, the intentional shooting of a family pet remains only a misdemeanor — given less protection than breaking into a shed and stealing property.


A witness told police that she saw Jackson walk up to the family’s fence and fire the weapon. She heard a dog yelping in pain. Jackson reportedly had a hood over his head and ran down the street. She followed him to his house and confronted him, saying that she saw what he did. He went inside his house and police were called. At first, Jackson denied the shooting but later insisted that he simply was afraid of dogs. The feeling is now mutual I am sure.

His lawyer praised the judge for dropping a more serious charged and insisted he admitted being guilty (of animal cruelty). He says that he has an abnormal fear of dogs, and that the dog scared him. He kind of went off the deep end a little bit. … But he maintains he did not recklessly endanger anybody, and the good judge agreed with him.” However, the dog was not known to have escaped his yard before he executed the animal.

Notably, however, Jackson destroyed the weapon after shooting the German shepherd/boxer mix. There is an added twist to the sentencing for November. If the judge decides that the BB gun is a deadly weapon, Jackson would be subject to an enhanced sentencing. However, deadly is generally defined in terms of humans not pets.

Chincee was known to put her paws on the fence to be petted by people going by, according to the family. They believe that is what she was doing when Jackson shot her.

While his lawyer insists that he has “remorse,” he reportedly lied to police, evaded witnesses, and may have destroyed the weapon. With all of that and killing a family pet, he is looking only at a misdemeanor — just another example of how little protection is afforded to pets in this country.

Source: York Dispatch

29 thoughts on “Killing Chincee: Pennsylvania Man Shoots Dog In A Family’s Yard Because Of “Abnormal Fear of Dogs”

  1. QUOTE “But he maintains he did not recklessly endanger anybody”

    Wanna bet….

    QUOTE “If the judge decides that the BB gun is a deadly weapon, Jackson would be subject to an enhanced sentencing.”

    In Illinois if a bb gun reaches a certain feet per second, it is considered a firearm….and you are required to have a FOID card for it.

  2. This only makes sense to me, as do so many hand-slaps, and acquitting’s by Judges, failures to charge by police and to prosecute by DA’s that bribes via Criminal Lawyers rule. In the end, it’s not the “System”, Its the individual people who do rotten things, being rotten people – end of story as far as I’m concerned.

  3. If the judge determines that a BB gun is not a deadly weapon then I guess it would be OK and legal for family members of the dog who was killed to go to Mr. Jackson’s property and shoot BB guns repeatedly across his property with Mr. Jackson in the yard as long as they do not hit Mr. Jackson. If the judge rules this to be a misdemeanor then he is as big an ___ hole as Mr. Jackson.

  4. A better defense would have been to just say that he’s a cop.

    They’re allowed to shoot dogs whenever they want, right?

  5. I suspect it was not a BB gun as, for example, a Daisy BB gun that shoots round BBs. It must have been an air rifle. Those come in .177 and .22 caliber and shoot pellets. Air rifles have muzzle velocities comparable to small caliber rifles which use gunpowder.

    Air rifles can bring down small game and good ones are incredibly accurate. Some Olympic shooting events use air rifles.

  6. Otteray is right. In one source, the gun was described as a “pellet” rifle. It appears the defense is massaging the description. Many dogs have been killed or seriously wounded with such guns.

  7. “deadly is generally defined in terms of humans not pets.”

    We cannot tell from the article, but it is likely the dog bled out from the wound from the bb or pellet gun.

    If the death is due to blood loss, there is nothing that would suggest a different result if the weapon were fired at a human.

    BTW, .22 Long rifle cartridges regularly propel bullets to approximately 1,000 feet per second depending on bullet weight and barrel length.

    Pellet rifles can easily be built to achieve similar velocities although many retail weapons do not.

    The effects of a projectile on a target depend on factors like velocity, projectile weight, projectile diameter, and not on the the propellant that sends the projectile to the target.

    There is essentially no difference in being hit by a pellet rifle and a .22 cal fire arm when the initial distance, velocities and projectile weight are similar – which is the case for many weapons.

  8. BFM,
    Death in both animals and humans is seldom from blood loss when a gunshot is concerned. The hole made by a .177 or .22 round will be a small puncture wound and not likely to bleed more than a drop or two. It is exit wounds that might bleed a lot. However, a small caliber round seldom has enough energy to go all the way through a body and create an exit wound in the first place. When death occurs from a small caliber round it is almost always due to the fact a vital organ is struck. An air rifle round will bounce off a hard skull most of the time, especially if the angle of impact is oblique, but if it enters the eye socket or ear, it can easily penetrate the brain.

    Muzzle velocity is not the only thing to consider when evaluating lethality. Weight of the bullet is important. A very light weight pellet may have higher velocity, but lower impact energy due to the light weight. The chart at the link below may be instructive:

    http://www.archerairguns.info/2012/02/beeman-1073-rs2-grizzly-x2-walmart.html

  9. I have a normal fear of abnormal people being allowed to have guns. Doesn’t the dog get to use the stand your ground defense??

  10. Joel T Jackson of Manchester Pennsylvania is a depraved turd stain on the collective underpants of humanity.

  11. @Otteray Scribe “Death in both animals and humans is seldom from blood loss when a gunshot is concerned”

    Thank you for the correction.

    I had the impression that death from a gun shot wound was generally due to destruction of nerve tissue, for example damage to the brain or spinal column, or more commonly from bleeding out.

    Modern hollow point ammunition can create a crush cavity several inches in diameter with a wound channel one third to one half inch in diameter and perhaps 10 inches in length. So I have to admit, I am surprised that a typical gun shot victim would not die from blood loss long before organ failure.

    I am not sure what impact energy is, but I would guess that it refers to kinetic energy at impact. Kinetic energy is calculated as half mass times the velocity squared.

    So, I would agree that velocity by itself is relatively meaningless, But if kinetic energy is one of the most important factors then velocity at impact and projectile weight (mass) would properly account for it.

    Still after we take into account all the fine points, I still see no reason not to believe that effects on a human would likely be similar to the observed effects on the dog.

    So, I would argue that the weapon used to kill the dog is likely a deadly weapon.

  12. BFM,
    Yep. Long story short, an air rifle must be given the same respect one would give any small caliber rifle. It can kill at if the round hits a vulnerable spot, especially at close range.

    Obscure detail, you can buy a good air rifle for target and sporting use almost anywhere for about a hundred dollars. However, if you are a serious competitive shooter, especially at world competition level, be ready to lay out serious cash. An Olympic match grade ANSCH√úTZ or Feinwerkbauair rifle will set you back about $4,000.

    http://jga.anschuetz-sport.com/index.php5?menu=102&sprache=1

  13. if he had such a abnormal fear of dogs why didnt he move? why did he go up to the fence? why exactly was he walking the streets ? period since 1 in 5 households have dogs as pets.

    most PEOPLE with abnormal fears stay in their homes going out only when absolutely necessary… did this excrement shoot other dogs also? Chincee can not be the first dog this wipe has encountered did those dogs survive their encounter with the basTURD?

    just a few thoughts that hit me while reading the story along with the comments posted

  14. @RobinH45 “if he had such a abnormal fear of dogs why didnt he move? why did he go up to the fence? why exactly was he walking the streets ?”

    I would argue that the fact that he wore a hood, ran away, denied the act, and destroyed the weapon indicate a rational fear of arrest and prosecution not a fear of dogs.

  15. He is probably mentally ill. Which few of you venture into. But, someone needs to stand up for the dead dog and get even. The dogs here at the marina who share the Dogalogue Machine with which they communicate on this blog have discussed this and do not want to comment.

    The guy needs justice. The justice system failed us. Someone take justice into their own hands and punish this nutcase, perp.

  16. If you were on a jury and the owner of the dead dog was accused of shooting this jerk in his scrotum and did some damage, would you not acquit him as a matter of principle?

  17. Isn’t this something else! Thank goodness he wasn’t afraid of small children like the teacher who used that as an argument to get disability. Another example of mentally ill individuals using firearms. It’s not the firearm but the person.

  18. Regarding the speculation the shooter may be mentally ill. That may be true, although we have no way of knowing for sure based only on news reports. For all we know, he may have a long history of psychiatric treatment.

    If in fact he is mentally ill, that presents another problem. The mental health treatment system is broken, and broken badly. It used to be that states operated mental hospitals that took the overflow when local hospitals were overwhelmed. Additionally, there are patients who cannot and should not be released back into society. Mostly because they have no outside support system and cannot care for themselves. In the 1970s, when it became fashionable to discharge patients from state hospitals willy-nilly, we started to see a new phenomenon. Bag ladies, homeless sleeping under bridges and in alleyways, and jails becoming the new psychiatric emergency rooms. I wrote about this a few months ago.

    As for people like the man who shot the dog. I recall a guy who lived two doors down the street from me who started wandering around his back yard with a 30-30 lever action deer rifle. I knew the guy had a history of mental problems. When he started pointing his rifle at neighborhood pets and kids, I started the paperwork to have him picked up on an involuntary commitment. He spent several weeks getting treatment in the state mental hospital. The judge ordering the commitment also ordered his relatives to seize his firearms and never give them back to him. That was in a time when we did not have to fight insurance adjusters over whether he needed to be in a hospital. These days, the choice is jail or outpatient treatment. If they do go to a private psychiatric hospital, seldom do they stay as long as five days. Most mental health centers have a backlog, so it may be weeks before even the sickest patient can get an appointment.

    Our mental health treatment system is not just bent and broken, it is mangled beyond recognition. More on this topic at a later date.

  19. He is open for a Civil Lawsuit. A family pet is a loving addition to a family, I’m sure the dog suffered and his owners also suffered unable to stop his pain. This family was damaged and according to the Law has a right to a jury of their peers (animal lovers).

  20. This week it’s a dog minding it’s own business in it’s own yard who or what does this ‘jackass’ kill next week? This guy needs some medical evaluation now…

  21. I disagree with OtterayScribe about the demise of the wonderful mental hospitals in the seventies. Yeah, you have to look at bag ladies on the street. Put them out of sight and out of mind by locking them up in mental hospitals like Saint Louis State Hospital on Arsenal in St. Louis or the Biggs Unit in Fulton, MO? If Mizzoura is where you are from, then you’re mindset was the cause of the problem prior to reform.

    Now nutcase here who has expressed an abnormal fear of dogs is either evil or mentally deranged. If evil then ten days in jail, ten years probation, with no access to guns, slingshots, or anyone’s dog. There should be a perp list for dogs in that state–named after him.

  22. If you google: George Taylor Fulton State Hospital, you will get the story of the guy locked up at age 7 and held in mental hospitals in Missoura for 25 years. They were forced to have his case heard in St. Louis County Probate Court and admitted that he was not mentally ill or mentally retarded. The Associated Press articles were posted in newspapers around the United States. Mizzoura had its moment in the sun so to speak. This was back in the late 70’s when “reform” started.

    I am not arguing to lock up dog shooter for the rest of his life in a mental hospital. He needs punishment if he is just evil and treatment if he is wacko.

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