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Mennonite farmer who killed neighbor’s dog sentenced to jail

A Jerusalem man who pleaded guilty to a count of aggravated animal cruelty will be heading to jail.

Wayne Hoover, 35, was arrested last year after shooting a neighbor’s dog. He claimed the dog was being aggressive toward children and animals.

He pleaded guilty to aggravated cruelty to animals, which is a Class E felony in exchange for a sentence cap of six months in jail and five years probation. He was sentenced in local court to 45 days in jail.

Hoover had been arraigned in March on a felony charge of aggravated cruelty to animals, as well as a misdemeanor charge after illegally shooting across a highway near Branchport.

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