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Rye man charged with reckless conduct after he shoots, kills dog

By SHAWNE K. WICKHAM
New Hampshire Sunday News

December 16. 2017 6:15PM




A Rye man has been charged with reckless conduct after police say he shot and killed a large dog that was attacking his smaller dog in the town forest Saturday morning.

Police Chief Kevin Walsh said Robert Vose, 62, was charged with the Class B felony because he fired his gun in near other people.

The incident happened shortly before 10 a.m. in the forest, a popular spot for dog walkers.

Walsh said Vose and his wife were walking their two Pomeranians on the trails. Another woman was walking with two dogs when one of them, an Alaskan malamute, attacked one of the Pomeranians.

The dog walkers tried to separate the animals but when they couldn’t, Vose pulled out a gun and fired it, killing the malamute, Walsh said.

The chief said Vose’s actions put other people in danger. “That’s not the answer to this,” he said. “You don’t fire a firearm. You risk injuring or killing somebody else.”

Walsh said the dog that was killed was owned by the woman’s son. He said the Pomeranian was injured and required veterinary care.

“It’s really a terrible thing for both sides,” the chief said.

“To be honest with you, I think it’s going to bother the whole town,” he said. “This is town land; there’s a lot of people in town who use it and enjoy it for multiple purposes.”

In recent weeks, Walsh said, the police department has focused on enforcing the town ordinance that requires dogs to be “under control” at all times.

He said Saturday’s incident is a grim reminder of what can happen; it’s not clear whether any of the dog walkers had control of their animals, he said.

“I hope it’s a lesson for everybody,” he said.

Vose was released on $10,000 personal recognizance bail; an arraignment is scheduled for Dec. 29 in Rockingham County Superior Court.


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