McCune Mayor Don Call, Mayor of McCune, Mo., may wish he lived in McCune, Pennsylvania where shooting dogs was found not to be covered under animal cruelty statutes. Call faces animal cruelty charges for killing two dogs with a rifle that were threatening children in the area. A warrant has been issued for his arrest.
Call had warned the owners previously that the dogs were acting aggressive, though they never bite or attacked anyone. He explained what occurred: “The dog had come through the screen door after the kids again. So she called me over at the shop and I went and got my van and a rifle. I shot them six or seven times with a 9 mm rifle. I don’t think I was showing cruelty to animals. I was trying to save some kids from getting bit by those dogs,”
According to one report below, he went to the residence of Duane Wahl to shoot the dogs. if the dogs were shot after any danger had passed. There is no question that an owner may kill an animal in self-defense or defense of others. However, home owners cannot take it upon themselves to kill pets due to such fears of future conduct. Under these circumstances, Call could be criminally charge and civilly sued. It is not clear why he did not simply call the sheriff if the dogs were no longer in the house.