Palatine Man Arrested for Shooting Neighbor's Dog

By Alexandria Fisher
|  Saturday, Feb 9, 2013  |  Updated 10:57 AM CDT
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A 40-year-old man was arrested Friday after shooting his neighbor's dog, which he mistook for a coyote.

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A Palatine man was arrested Friday after shooting a neighbor’s dog that escaped into his yard, police said.

Police responded to a call at around 1:45 a.m. Frafter a woman reported her 9-year-old German Shepard-mix was shot in the backyard of her suburban home. Medical staff at an animal hospital in Arlington Heights confirmed the dog suffered a gunshot wound from a small caliber bullet.

Officers investigated the home and found what appeared to be blood and a deer carcass in a backyard in the 1100 block of S. Brockway.

The resident, 40-year-old Piotr Holy claimed to use the carcass to lure coyotes so he could shoot them. He admitted to shooting what he believed to be a coyote earlier in the evening.

Holy was charged with one count of felony aggravated cruel treatment of an animal, obstructing a peace officer, reckless conduct, and unlawful discharge of a firearm while hunting within 300 year of an inhabited dwelling without permission.

He is scheduled to appear in a bond hearing Saturday morning.

The dog did not survive surgery.

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