Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Man accused of fatally shooting dog

By Sarah Trefethen, New Hampshire Sentinel Source


A Winchester man was indicted in Cheshire County Superior Court last week, accused of shooting and killing his dog.
Reginald A. McGivern, 35, of 13 Elm Court, faces one count of cruelty to an animal, three counts of witness tampering and one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm.
McGivern is accused of shooting his pit bull multiple times with a .22 caliber rifle.
Police allege he then tried to convince a person who had information about the shooting to help him conceal it from the police.
McGivern allegedly shot the dog in September, but was not arrested until earlier this year.
According to an affidavit filed in Keene District Court by Winchester police Officer James J. Fisher Jr., the circumstances leading to McGivern’s arrest were as follows:
Two Winchester police officers went to McGivern’s home Jan. 26 with a woman who had been living with him. The woman had been granted a temporary protective order against McGivern, and she wanted to pick up some of her things.
While they were at the house, the woman told one of the police officers that McGivern shot his dog in September.
McGivern then confirmed to the officer that he shot the dog and buried it in the backyard, the affidavit says.
The officer reported the information to Fisher, who then learned that McGivern was convicted of a felony in Vermont in 1995. It is illegal for convicted felons to possess firearms.
On Jan. 27, Fisher interviewed the woman who first told the police about the dog shooting.
She said on the day the dog died, it had “nipped at” McGivern, who then put the dog in a cage and left the house.
The first person he asked to loan him a gun refused, but McGivern was able to borrow a rifle from another person.
The woman told Fisher that McGivern then returned home, took the dog outside and tied it to a laundry post, according to the affidavit. The woman “heard a gunshot and looked outside to see Reginald McGivern holding the rifle and the dog convulsing. (The woman) looked away and heard two or three more gun shots ring out.”
Fisher later that day interviewed the person who lent McGivern the gun, who surrendered the rifle to the officer.
The person also told Fisher that McGivern had asked him to take responsibility for killing the dog.
A warrant was issued for McGivern’s arrest on Jan. 28.
McGivern was released on $15,000 cash bail and is scheduled to be arraigned in Cheshire County Superior Court Wednesday.

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