PLAINVILLE — A local man faces charges after police said he shot a dog near his porch. The animal survived the injury.
John Niedzwiecki, 74, of 350 Long Swamp Road, was charged June 4 with illegal discharge of a firearm, injuring a companion animal and malicious wounding of an animal.
On May 20, police responded after Niedzwiecki reported he had shot a dog that was barking at him in an aggressive manner about 10 feet from his porch, according to his arrest warrant.
Niedzwiecki fired one round from a .22 caliber rifle that struck the dog in the chest, the warrant said. Police were able to find the dog in a wooded area by tracking its prints and blood trail. The dog was taken to a veterinarian for treatment that cost $4,099, the warrant said.
Niedzwiecki told police in 2015 a dog had attacked and injured his mother, the warrant said.
He was released on $5,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in New Britain Superior Court on July 14.