No Charges for NH Man Accused of Shooting, Killing Dog
EPSOM — A man accused of shooting and killing his neighbor's dog after it ran into his yard will not face any charges.
Police had been investigating the Sept. 23 incident in which the dog's owner said Timothy Mahle, of 512 New Orchard Road, shot Boba, an almost-3-year-old pitbull, in the chest.
Boba's owner, Jennifer Poulin, who lives next door to the Mahles at 508 New Orchard Road, said the dog escaped her fenced in yard, but she told NH1 News in September that Boba had never hurt anyone.
Chief Wayne Preve said the incident falls under NH RSA 466:28, allowing a person to kill a dog that either assaults a person or is threatening domestic animals or livestock. In this case, Preve said Boba had posed a threat to the Mahles.
Poulin does have the option to file a civil case against the Mahles. She did not return a message for comment Wednesday as to whether she would pursue that option.