Police: Man shot, killed neighbor’s loose dog

Carlisle/West Shore

A Cumberland County man was arrested after police say he shot and killed a neighbor’s dog right in front of them.

Kenneth Miller, 53, of Hampden Township, is charged with a felony count of aggravated cruelty to animals regarding an incident Tuesday at his home in the 1600 block of Holtz Road.

Police responded to an animal complaint call and saw Miller holding a shotgun as they pulled into the driveway. As the dog approached Miller, the officers watched as he raised the shotgun and shot the dog in the face, according to the criminal complaint. 

The incident was recorded by the police vehicle’s dash camera.

Police said there was no indication that any animals or people were in danger of being attacked.

The dog’s owner said her 5-year-old pit bull, Red Dog, was nothing but kind.

“He would rather jump up on your lap, even though he’s way too big to do so, and just love you,” she said. 

“My son was his baby- if that makes any sense,” she said. Follow him around, he would watch him, make sure he’s OK.”

His owner says Red Dog was kept indoors but liked to get outside when he had the chance. She said there were only a few incidents where he was outside and unattended.

“I just need people to know that this is not one of those cases where he was nasty,” she said. “He just wasn’t. He wasn’t.”

Miller was released after posting $10,000 bail. ABC27 News knocked on his door seeking comment but was turned away.

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