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Animal cruelty suspect says dog was after his chickens

Jeff Guelcher, who is charged with felony animal abuse after shooting his neighbor's dog, said he had no choice after the dog threatened his chickens. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

A man charged with felony animal abuse after allegedly shooting and killing his neighbor's dog said he had no choice after the dog threatened his chickens.

“I hear chickens crying and screeching like they do when something is going on in the yard,” Jeff Guelcher said. “And there is a dog chasing our chickens.”

Guelcher said he's lost several chickens to Billy Hyatt’s dogs over the years.

“I was put into a horrible position because of a dog owner who was irresponsible and reckless, not just once but over a six-year period,” Guelcher said.

Hyatt said his dog Bones did not injure Guelcher's chickens.

Hyatt said he saw a bloody bat on Guelcher's property. Guelcher said he simply used the bat to move the dog's body after he had died.

Guelcher is scheduled for court May 31.


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