Man arraigned in fatal dog shooting

Misha. (Undated courtesy photo)

STANTON, Mich. (WOOD) – A man accused of fatally shooting his neighbor’s dog was arraigned Friday morning in Montcalm County District Court.

Harry German, 86, was formally charged on three misdemeanor counts, including malicious destruction of personal property, reckless use of a firearm and shooting from a safety zone.

The charges stem from an incident on Feb. 21 in the Belding-Greenville area.

Amber Rood told 24 Hour News 8 that she let her bullmastiff, Misha, outside, but the dog never returned home.

German said Misha and another dog came running into his backyard and went after some turkeys, and he fired his .22 to scare them off.

German said he didn’t intend to kill or even hurt Misha, whose remains were later found by Montcalm County sheriff’s deputies in German’s yard.

If convicted of all three misdemeanors, German could spend up to a year and a half in jail and owe up to $3,000 in fines.

He is expected back in court on April 8.

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