Motive In Dog Shooting Unknown

18 Feb



SWANZEY, N.H. — Police said they are still trying to figure out why a man in Swanzey shot his neighbor’s dog.


Michael Bailey, 47, has been charged with two felony counts of reckless conduct with a deadly weapon and one felony count of cruelty to animals.  Police said Bailey shot the dog, named Dozer, while the dog was chained in his doghouse. Veterinarians had to amputate one of the dog’s legs.


The dog’s owner, Phil Sherrick, said he’s not sure why Bailey shot his dog, but he said the outpouring of support he has received has been overwhelming.  “The girl down at the Swanzey Diner made him some scrambled eggs and bacon,” Sherrick said of his dog.  Sherrick said Dozer’s personality has changed since he was shot last week.  “People come by and get close to him, and he growls at them,” he said. “He thinks maybe that’s who shot him, I don’t know.”  After the dog was shot, there was some thought Dozer might have to be put down.  “Due to the blood loss he’d experienced, he was pretty passive when he came in,” said veterinarian Donna Harwood.  Harwood said she knew she could save the dog, in part because the bullet had operated much like a surgeon’s scalpel.  “The leg was just dangling by threads,” she said. “There was a total detachment on that bone. He shot right through it.”  Harwood says she was able to stop the bleeding and stitch up the leg, and she said the prognosis for the dog is pretty good.


Sherrick said he no longer feels safe in his home.   “I’ve locked the doors,” he said. “I didn’t know what he would do. He might shoot me.”


Bailey is being held at the Cheshire County Jail on $25,000 cash bail. He declined an interview request.


A probable cause hearing is scheduled for Feb. 23.


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