Cruelty conviction overturned

Published 9:24 pm Monday, December 19, 2011

A White Marsh Road man who was found guilty in August of animal cruelty and malicious wounding of a dog had those convictions overturned on appeal Monday.

Judge William R. Savage III overturned the convictions because he did not feel the charges had been proven beyond a reasonable doubt, prosecutor Susan Walton said.

The incident happened March 11, when McCrory was walking his two dogs in the driveway. His neighbor’s 4-year-old boxer escaped from its house.

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McCrory allegedly said he would shoot the dog if it came into his yard and then did so when the dog crossed the line.

The dog suffered injuries to one of its eyes, Walton said.

She said the judge felt the man was justified in shooting the dog because he felt threatened in his own yard.