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86-Year-Old To Be Charged With Shooting Neighbors’ Pet

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MONTCALM COUNTY, Mich. (March 27, 2014) –An 86-year-old man is facing three charges after allegedly shooting his neighbors’ dog.

Harry Edwin German will be formally arraigned Friday in 64th District Court on charges of malicious destruction of personal property, reckless use of a firearm and shooting from a safety zone, according to a release from the Prosecutor’s Office.


Misha, 7-year-old Bullmastiff

Misha, a 7-year-old bullmastiff, went missing in the area of Belding and Greenville on Friday, Feb. 21 during a winter snow storm.  The owners’ posted a plea for help on Facebook.  FOX 17 re-posted the message to generate any leads.  There were more than 3,600 page shares on Facebook.

Misha’s owner gave FOX 17 the following statement:

I would like to thank you for posting our search for our missing dog Misha on your Fox 17 Facebook page. As you might know if you are following the posts we found out last week Friday that our neighbor who lives approximately 200 yards from our house actually shot and killed Misha the same day she came up missing. For 7 days we went searching for her and he knew it and never did he contact us to let us know what he did. We have decided to press charges and now it is in the prosecuting attorneys hands as to whether or not she will proceed with the case. Misha was left lying in a bank of snow in his backyard for 7 days. If you would like to check out a Facebook page that supporters have created please do so it is called justice for Misha. We had received a tip last Friday a at approximately 5:30 p.m. That gunshots were heard the week previous. After speaking with others in the neighborhood we knew we must call the authorities. The man did admit to what he had done. Thank you.

German faces up to a year in prison for the malicious destruction of property charge and 90 days for each of the other two counts.  He also faces up to $3,000 in fines.

On Thursday, FOX 17 spoke to the man accused of killing the bullmastiff.  Hear what the man had to say when we confronted him Thursday on FOX 17 News at 10.


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    • Keith

      Oh yeah? And if instead of attacking turkeys or chickens, the dog got to children instead? I'm sure that would be a timely response. Also the owner is full of crap. They let those dogs run all over the area. Ask any neighbor. They're just trying to make a stink and get sympathy for their own stupidity.

  • melewis1961

    I don't care if the man is 86 or not, what he did was wrong and illegal. I also hope he gets the maximum penalties. He should also have to make restitution to the family, even though restitution wouldn't replace what he took away from that family.

    • cupofcoffee

      Esco i hear what your sayin but at the ripe age of 86 i would think hes senile and doesnt really know whats going. whats sad is he probably still thinks what he did was normal and thats what you do when you see a dog without an owner. That expression "when you get old you go backwards" really starts to make sense. german is completely out of his mind.

  • twilson

    The samething happened last year to our Grandson's dog a bull Mastiff, left his yard and was killed in the road by the neighbors gun because he didnt like him! Made up a story he killed chickens, the our neighbor told us his dog killed the chickens again! He is an ex officer's son, so nothing was done about it!! Shame on him! Now our Grandson will be at the same school riding the same bus,,,, what do you think they will have to talk about? Not a thing I'm sure! People think first and call the owners!!!

  • George

    This article is extremely negligent. Shame on you, fox 17. Before spitting out hatred maybe consider some more factors. Animal control has records on file of the same mastiff roaming around. The owners DO NOT take care of their animals. This dog was also not licensed or vaccinated. Why can't you state these facts, fox 17? These people were criminal in the way they kept their pets. Now they want to make a stink and create a sob story to cover their butt. The same mastiff was seen shaking chickens to death and gnawing on them.
    German has terminal cancer, so punishing him to the fullest extent of the law wont happen. Sorry folks. Justice in this situation would be teaching these irresponsible people how to take care of animals.

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