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Case ID: 19170
Classification: Unlawful Trapping/Hunting
Animal: other wildlife
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Monday, Dec 26, 2011

County: Litchfield

Disposition: Alleged

Alleged: Anthony Piana

A 45-year-old man legally licensed to hunt deer in Connecticut who was taken into custody last month for failure to report a kill within 24 hours faces charges including animal cruelty.

Anthony Piana, of 69 Bruning Road, was arrested on hunting violation charges after Department of Energy and Environmental Protection officers saw a video of a man killing a whitetail dear on Youtube and determined the kill allegedly took place on his property Dec 26.

Piana is licensed to hunt in Connecticut and has the required deer hunting permits, but he allegedly failed to report the kill to DEEP within the state-regulated time frame of 24 hours. He was arrested on Dec. 29.

A further investigation after his original arrest found Piana used a .22 caliber rifle, which is less than the minimum caliber allowed for deer hunting in Connecticut. Additionally, police say the deer was alive for a period of time after being shot and was mistreated. Superior Court in Bantam charged him with an additional animal cruelty charge Tuesday.

"Connecticut's hunters have a tremendous record of ethical and humane treatment of wildlife - which is exactly the approach to hunting fostered by this agency and taught in our hunter safety courses," said Susan Frechette, DEEP deputy commissioner.

Piana is charged with illegally killing a deer, failure to report the kill within 24 hours, and cruelty to animals, which is punishable by a $5,000 fine or up to five years in jail.

Officials seized the hide, head, and processed deer meat after the original arrest. The meat was donated to the Hunt to Feed, a charity that provides harvested game to families in need, homeless shelters and soup kitchens.


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