Troutdale farmer accused of trapping, shooting and killing neighbor's dog faces felony animal abuse charges | OregonLive.com
A 35-year-old Troutdale farmer accused of shooting and killing a neighbor's dog after trapping it on his property faces first-degree aggravated animal abuse, first-degree theft and tampering with evidence charges.
The farmer, David W. Shonk, who also runs a Gresham Market that sells organic and natural foods, says the dog had repeatedly ventured onto his land, and he needed to protect his property, his chicken coop and livelihood.
Prosecutors and Multnomah County Animal Services say Yukon was caught in a leg trap Shonk had left on his property. Shonk is accused of shooting the dog in the head with a shotgun, and burying him.
"He wasn't killing, wounding or injuring any livestock. If anything, he was being a public nuisance, which in human speak, is basically trespassing," Freeland said.