Police: Dutchess County man killed neighbor’s dog with shotgun

On Feb. 9, the New York State Police from the Poughkeepsie barracks arrested Scott Messick, 58, of Pleasant Valley, for Aggravated Cruelty to Animals, a class A misdemeanor, and Illegal Discharge of a Firearm, an unclassified misdemeanor.

On Jan. 28, the New York State Police responded to Meddaugh Road in the town of Lagrange for a report of a dog shot.  Investigation determined Messick discharged a shotgun within 500 feet of nearby residences without permission and killed his neighbor’s dog.

Messick was issued appearance tickets returnable to the town of Lagrange Court on Feb. 20, 2018, at 5 p.m.