MEDINA, Ohio, Jan. 4 (UPI) -- An Ohio man who shot a dog that wondered onto his property was acquitted on one count of cruelty to animals, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
Howard Goodyear, 30, who operates Spring Mist Farms in Brunswick Hills Township, said he thought the Chinese Shar-Pei was a threat to his llamas, sheep, goats and other farm animals, which he claimed have been terrorized by trespassing dogs.
The Shar-Pei, named Natasha, was the pet of a neighboring family, but was not wearing a collar when she was shot on May 3.
"My concern was the well being of my livestock," Goodyear said.
The dog's owner, James Woods, 33, lived across the street from Goodyear but moved to North Olmsted after the incident. He speculated that neighborhood children who played with Natasha let her off her leash.
"I don't see how he can get away with doing this," Woods said.
Municipal Judge Dale Chase ruled that Goodyear could legally shoot the dog because of the perceived threat to his livelihood.