A local paralegal says he will “vehemently” fight charges laid against him after Peterborough County OPP said he shot a hunting beagle that had ventured onto his property last week.
The dog’s owner was hunting with three dogs on his own property in Smith-Ennismore-Lakefield when the beagle crossed into a neighbouring private property while tracking, OPP Const. Gordon Klingspohn said.
At that time the owner of the neighbouring property allegedly shot and killed the dog, police said.
As a result of the police investigation that followed, 35-year-old Mark Greco of Smith-Ennismore-Lakefield Township has been charged with unlawfully killing an animal, mischief under $5,000 and using a firearm while committing an offence.
Greco is the owner of OTT Legal Services in Peterborough, a company that primarily services clients fighting charges under the Highway Traffic Act.
Reached at his office, Greco said he has hired a lawyer and will be fighting the charges.
“I am going to fight the charges vehemently,” he said.
Greco is scheduled to appear in Ontario Court of Justice December 15, 2011.
The courts are sensitive to the plight of animals, especially “man’s best friend”.
A Milton couple has been sentenced by the courts to seventy-five (75) days in jail on weekends and fined $10,000.00; in addition of the period of incarceration and a fine, the couple was banned from owning, caring for or residing with an animal for ten (10) years.