Dog Killer Charged

FRENCH CREEK – One dog was killed and another injured in a Saturday incident that resulted in felony charges being filed against a French Creek man.

State Police out of the Jamestown barracks have charged Dennis C. Teed, 44, of Belknap Road, for shooting two of his neighbor’s dogs. Teed told police the dogs were trespassing on his property when he shot them; one of the canines died while the other was injured.

State Police said Teed reportedly stalked and tracked the dogs before shooting them on his property. No further information regarding the incident was available Monday.

Teed was charged with third-degree felony criminal mischief, felony aggravated cruelty to animals and misdemeanor cruelty to animals. He was arraigned in French Creek Court and released on bail.

Saturday’s incident is just the latest involving animals in Chautauqua County. The Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Office in August found a dog hanging from a bridge on Underwood Road in the town of Hinsdale. Deputies were investigating the incident as a possible animal cruelty case.

“We take all cases of animal cruelty very seriously,” said Jeff Lubi, Chautauqua County Humane Society executive director.

Lubi said between May and December, the Humane Society – which works with surrounding police agencies on certain cases – responded to 191 reports of animal cruelty; the nonprofit group on average responds to 300 cases during that time.

“Every report that gets called into us gets investigated,” Lubi said.