Suffield Police, DEEP Investigating Shooting Deaths of Beagles

Three dogs were reportedly killed by a teenager in early November.

Three dogs were shot and killed by a 13-year-old boy in early November, and state and local agencies are investigating whether criminal charges may be filed against the boy and his father.

The dogs, all beagles, were named Otis, Peaches and Lil Bit, according to an email Patch received from Dan Rollet, who said he found the dead animals on property off East Street South on Nov. 10.

"The dog owners are looking to pursue charges, and I have to see what's applicable and what's going to fit," Lt. Rick Brown told the Hartford Courant.

Police Chief Michael Manzi said the dogs' owners are "decent guys who come in and hunt rabbits and pheasant, and they always get permission to hunt and bring their five dogs."

Manzi said the dogs were reportedly chasing deer which were being hunted by the unnamed man and his son, and the boy shot and killed the dogs.

The dogs' owners, Richard Johnson and his son, Ray Shelton, called police after Rollet discovered the dead bodies.

Manzi said the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection "is taking the lead on the investigation," with help from Suffield police.

Rebecca Strempfer January 07, 2013 at 05:55 PM
Maybe if we find "JIlly" we can donate her to Mr Johnson to replace one of his. Beagle sure have been in the news lately. Three were found this month in Granby, Suffield just found one right before Christmas, and this weekend Agawam found one. Unfortunately, none of them were our "Jilly" missing since 9/11/12.
Rebecca Strempfer January 07, 2013 at 06:02 PM
This story broke my heart when I read it in the JI. I cut it out and carry it in my purse so I can share the shocking story with other dog and beagle lovers who were not aware of this shooting. We are the ones with "Jilly" the missing beagle from Simsbury whose beagle took off on 9/11 and did not come back home. But people are still looking for her because she re-appears every once in a while in the Granby/ West Suffield area. We can only hope and pray.
Karen's Dog Training Blog January 07, 2013 at 10:57 PM
Rebecca I hope Jilly is found and can go back to her adopted home. Not all Beagles are suited to be hunting beagles. Jilly might do better as a inside dog and an only pet.
Karen's Dog Training Blog February 06, 2013 at 03:19 PM
Karen's Dog Training Blog February 06, 2013 at 03:35 PM
If you live in Connecticut, please send a polite letter to the prosecutor, State’s Attorney Gail P. Hardy, thanking her office for charging John Lake and asking her to pursue a strong and meaningful sentence upon conviction. The Honorable Gail P. Hardy, State’s Attorney Hartford Judicial District 101 Lafayette Street Hartford, CT 06106 gail.hardy@ct.gov Defendant: John B. Lake Enfield Superior Court case # H13W-CR13-0163369-S Locals are additionally encouraged to support the prosecution by attending the criminal proceedings. A hearing in the Lake case is currently scheduled for Thursday, February 7, 2013 at 10:00am. (Always contact the Court to confirm court dates and locations as they are subject to change.) Enfield Superior Court (get directions) Geographical Area 13 111 Phoenix Avenue Enfield, CT 06082 860-741-3743


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