"Harrisonburg Police Officer is Guilty of Animal Cruelty - He shot a dog and beat a cat to death with a nightstick
HARRISONBURG, Va -- Sgt. Russell Metcalf is guilty of animal cruelty for shooting and killing a family's dog.
The incident happened earlier in the spring in the Clover Hill
neighborhood in early April. Metcalf did admit to shooting the dog
almost a month later, in May, when Sheriff's Deputies from Rockingham
County questioned him.
Metcalf was riding a bike when,
he said in court on Thursday, the dog barked at and followed him. He
said he was afraid of the dog biting him and that he tried to get his
pepper spray out of his pocket. Metcalf said because he had trouble
getting pepper spray, he shot the dog with his gun.
owner, Bryan Ware, said he was in his backyard when he heard the
gunshot. Ware said he went to the front of the house to find his dog
dead in the road. He also said his dog, Sadie, was friendly and would
never hurt anyone.
Metcalf got a 60-day sentence in jail, but
all of those days will be suspended. Metcalf is not allowed to work with
animals while on probation.
Ware did say that he was satisfied with the outcome of the trial.
This is the second case of animal cruelty against a Harrisonburg Police
Officer. Another officer was charged with animal cruelty after beating a
cat to death with a nightstick.
That case was later dropped."