1 charge dropped in dog death case

Misha. (Undated courtesy photo)

GREENVILLE, Mich. (WOOD) – A felony charge has been dropped for an 86-year-old Montcalm County man who admitted to shooting and killing his neighbor’s dog.

On Monday during a pre-trial hearing, the Montcalm County prosecutor dropped the charge of felony killing or torturing of an animal that Harry German was facing in the case. German is still facing misdemeanor charges of destruction of property and reckless discharge of a firearm.

In March, the prosecutor’s office issued the felony charge against German in the shooting death of Misha, a bullmastiff owned by German’s neighbor, Amber Rood.

Rood said she let Misha out during the Feb. 21 winter storm, but the dog never returned home.

Misha’s remains were later found in German’s backyard, and it was determined that German shot the dog, according to the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office.

German told 24 Hour News 8 he didn’t mean to kill Misha, rather, he meant to scare her off his property by firing three shots.

German said Misha’s death was an “absolute accident,” and he said was remorseful over the incident.

Jury selection in German’s trial on the misdemeanor charges is scheduled for July 2.

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