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Case ID: 19780
Classification: Shooting
Animal: dog (non pit-bull)
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Animal was offleash or loose
Abuse was retaliation against animal's bad behavior
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Wednesday, Aug 1, 2012

County: Harrisonburg City

Disposition: Convicted

Defendant/Suspect: Russell Metcalf

A Harrisonburg Police Officer has been convicted of animal cruelty. Officer Russell Metcalf says he was off duty when a dog chased him while he was on his bike. Metcalf allegedly shot and killed the dog.

Metcalf took the stand Thursday, during a court hearing. This is the second case of animal cruelty against a Harrisonburg police officer. Another officer was charged after allegedly beating a cat to death with a nightstick. That case was later dropped.


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