2018-07-11 / Police

Sidney Man Shoots and Kills Dog, Violates SAFE Act

Donald A. Kern Donald A. Kern SIDNEY - On July 8, the Delaware County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested and charged 29-yearold Donald A. Kern, of Sidney, with the class E felony crime of Aggravated Cruelty to Animals following a lengthy investigation.

On March 26 Delaware County Sheriff’s Deputies and members of the Hancock Village Police

Department responded to the area of the Hancock Village Wastewater Treatment Facility, located in the town of Hancock, for a report of a dead dog in the Delaware River. The dog was removed from the river with the assistance of the Hancock Fire Department and was determined to have been shot several times prior to being discarded in the river.

With the assistance of community members, deputies were able to identify the dog’s owner as then village of Hancock resident Donald A. Kern. Subsequent investigation by Deputies later led to the recovery of a rifle that was sold by Kern. Further investigation revealed that Kern had intentionally shot and killed his dog, disposed of it in the river and later sold his rifle in a private sale transaction in violation of the New York SAFE Act.

Deputies were also assisted in their investigation by members of the village of Hancock and Walton Police Departments.

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