A Nanty Glo man who police said shot a dog in the eye with a BB gun will appear in Cambria County Court, charged with cruelty to animals.
William Joseph Boring, 29, of the 100 block of Rowe Street, waived his right to a preliminary hearing on Monday before District Judge Mary Ann Zanghi of Vinco.
Nanty Glo police charged him with cruelty to animals, making a false report to authorities and use of an air rifle or similar device.
In a court document, police said Boring allegedly shot Butterball, a 2 1/2-year-old neutered male golden retriever/yellow Lab mix in the right eye on June 4. Police said he walked onto the dog owner’s property and shot the dog on the porch and then claimed it was loose.
Boring’s Johnstown attorney, Robert Davis Gleason, said
the dog had wandered onto Boring’s property previously.
“The dog was loose and frequently went into Mr. Boring’s yard, which is illegal,” Gleason said.
“He was concerned about his children.
“He shot the BB gun accidently injuring the dog,” Gleason said. “He regrets the injury.”
The dog was taken to Ebensburg Animal Hospital, where emergency surgery was performed to remove the BB from his eye. The dog has limited sight in his right eye.
Boring is free on bond awaiting his county court date.
Cathy Homer, owner of Majestic Mountain Great Dane Rescue in Strongstown, said Butterball is temporarily in foster care.
“Now were looking for a home for him,” Homer said.
Anyone interested in adopting Butterball can call 749-7341.
Homer said the dog should be kept indoors and the home should have a fenced-in yard.
“He’s such a sweet, gentle dog,” Homer said. “We want justice for Butter.”
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