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Man charged with shooting dogs

| Friday, April 4, 2003

INDIANA, Pa. (AP) -- A man was charged with cruelty to animals and harassment after he allegedly shot and killed his neighbor's Labrador retrievers and then pointed a gun at the dogs' owner when she confronted him, state police said.

Jamie Swanger, 22, shot the dogs with a rifle when they wandered onto his property in White Township, Indiana County, on March 25, and then shot the animals with a handgun when he saw they weren't dead, police said.

The dogs' owner, Kendra Olliver, said she stepped outside of her home when she heard gunshots and saw Swanger dragging one of the dead dogs and carrying a shovel. When she confronted her neighbor, Olliver alleged, Swanger aimed a gun at her and said he could shoot the animals because they were on his property.

Police filed cruelty to animals, harassment and other counts against Swanger on Friday and sent him a summons to answer the charges.

Swanger did not return messages seeking comment Thursday.

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