MA man who shot dog agrees to pay vet bills

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EAST BROOKFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A central Massachusetts man who shot his neighbor’s dog with an arrow has agreed to pay $5,400 in veterinarian’s bills.

Byron Carpenter of Oakham also lost his hunting license for one year after reaching a plea agreement Tuesday in Western Worcester District Court on charges of discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a building, causing property damage with a hunting weapon and maiming an animal.

Authorities say the 36-year-old Carpenter shot the border collie-Labrador mix in the front leg in a wooded area on Oct. 23 because of he was sick of hearing it bark.

Carpenter told investigators he shot what he thought was a coyote coming after him in the darkness.

His lawyer tells The Telegram & Gazette his client is remorseful.

The dog has made a full recovery.

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