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Case ID: 19923
Classification: Shooting
Animal: dog (non pit-bull)
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Prosecutor(s): Richard Healy

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Friday, Dec 21, 2012

County: Monroe

Disposition: Convicted

» Merlin Schmucker
» Jonathan J. Eicher

Case Updates: 1 update(s) available

Police near Rochester have charged two Amish men with killing a dog and her litter of nine puppies after no one bought the young animals.

A highway crew found some of the dead dogs in a roadside ditch in Wayne county on January 17.

State Police report that when Merlin Schmucker, 26,of Clyde failed to sell the Australian red heeler puppies, he asked Jonathan Eicher, 19, of Lyons to shoot them.

Police report that Eicher admitted killing nine puppies and their mother with a .22-caliber rifle in December.

Eicher told police that killing dogs under such circumstances is accepted among the Amish.

The DA says both men have been charged with animal cruelty. They are due back in court next month.

Case Updates

Two Amish men from Wayne County are facing jail time. Merlin Schmucker and Jonathan Eicher were sentenced to 30 days in jail on charges of animal cruelty. The two pleaded guilty recently to killing nine dogs in December.

Prosecutors say 26-year-old Schmucker, of Galen, and 19-year-old Eicher, of Lyons, were also fined 500 dollars each, and neither can own dogs for 15 years. The dogs were discovered near Schmucker's home. Eicher told police it's Amish tradition to put down dogs.

Prosecutors say that, although neither man have a criminal record, the crime was too brutal.
Source: Finger Lakes Daily News - June 7, 2013
Update posted on Jun 7, 2013 - 6:35PM 


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