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Dog has foot amputated after shooting in Loyalhanna Township

Chuck Biedka
| Wednesday, June 13, 2018, 9:33 p.m.

A dog that was shot in the foot on Sunday had to have a front leg amputated, state police said Wednesday.

Troopers on Tuesday charged Robert W. Buchinsky, 60, of Loyalhanna Township with two counts of cruelty to animals, including a felony count for causing serious bodily injury, for allegedly shooting the dog near his house on Robinson Road.

The 6-month-old female dog was shot at about 4:20 p.m. Sunday and ran away before she was found about 6:30 p.m. Monday and taken to a veterinarian for treatment, police said.

Buchinsky was arraigned before by District Judge Jason Buczac and released on $50,000 unsecured bond. A preliminary hearing is scheduled July 23.

The dog, which belongs to a relative of Buchinsky, is recovering and otherwise OK, a trooper said.

Chuck Biedka is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724-226-4711, or via Twitter @ChuckBiedka.

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