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Case ID: 17358
Classification: Shooting
Animal: dog (pit-bull)
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Abuse was retaliation against animal's bad behavior
Drugs or alcohol involved
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Prosecutor(s): Laurie Trotter
Defense(s): Tod Young
Judge(s): Tom Perkins

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Saturday, Dec 11, 2010

County: Douglas

Charges: Misdemeanor
Disposition: Convicted

Defendant/Suspect: John Chan Peery

Case Updates: 1 update(s) available

A 34-year-old Johnson Lane man who claimed he shot his roommate's dog to death in self-defense has been charged with cruelty to animals and discharging a firearm where a person may be endangered.

John Chan Peery, 34, appeared Wednesday in East Fork Justice Court on misdemeanor and gross misdemeanor charges.

Judge Tom Perkins appointed lawyer Tod Young to represent Peery and set his next court appearance for Feb. 9.

He released Peery on his own recognizance from Douglas County Jail where he was held on $3,000 bail.

According to court documents, Peery allegedly shot his roommate's dog Otter on Dec. 11 after he said the dog bit his lip.

The dog's owner claimed the suspect had the dog on his lap, and was teasing the aminal. He said the dog bit Peery's lip and the suspect pushed his lap, and chased him around the house.

The roommate said Peery grabbed a gun and shot the dog three times. He said he and Peery had been drinking most of the day.

Peery declined to provide a sample for a portable breath tester, according to the report.

He turned himself in Monday on two arrest warrants.

Case Updates

A 34-year-old Johnson Lane man pleaded guilty Wednesday to cruelty to animals and possession of a firearm by an intoxicated person, admitting he shot his roommate's pitbull to death after he said the dog bit his lip.

John Chan Peery told East Fork Judge Tom Perkins the dog, Otter, had been sitting on his lap.

"For whatever reason, the dog reached back and attempted to bite me in the face," Peery said. "I grabbed the gun off the table. It was the wrong thing to do. I screamed to my buddy, 'Get this thing (the dog) outside of my house!' Your honor, I shot the dog."

Prosecutor Laurie Trotter said Peery and the dog's owner had been drinking for several hours prior to the Dec. 11 incident.

"The defendant chased the dog which was trying to escape. He was kicking him, and keeping him from escaping from the house. He chased him into the bedroom. It was not a self-defense situation at all," Trotter said.

Perkins sentenced Peery to a 60-day suspended sentence, and placed him on probation for two years.

He is forbidden to consume alcohol or controlled substances or possess firearms. He must forfeit any firearms and is subject to random search and seizure.

Perkins also ordered Peery to pay $500 for his court-appointed lawyer.

He told Perkins he is relocating to San Diego for work.

"I don't know the future, but I doubt very highly you'll ever find me in this room for this again," Peery said. "It was a nasty night."
Source: - Feb 24, 2011
Update posted on Feb 25, 2011 - 7:49PM 


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