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Man to stand trial for beating, shooting dog; he claims self-defense

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BATTLE CREEK, Mich. -- The man accused of shooting a dog and beating it with a bat said he was simply defending himself. Battle Creek Police said what 54-year-old David Hursley did was nothing more than cruel abuse of an animal.

Battle Creek Police Officer Craig Kidney took the stand Tuesday in Calhoun County District Court, saying that he knew something was wrong when he saw someone inside the home cleaning up blood.

promo284762725"I saw another gentleman later identified as David Hill on his hands and knees wiping up the floor, later to be, cleaning up blood off the floor," said Kidney during the preliminary hearing.

Kidney said Hursley answered the door and told officers that his husky-mix dog was aggressive and bit his friend.  Hursley then began beating the dog with a bat.

"He told me he then went into his bedroom and got a pellet gun and shot the dog one time," said Kidney. "[He] then loaded the pellet gun and attempted to shoot the dog a second time and was not sure if he hit it the second time or not."

Kidney said when he saw the dog on the back porch and he immediately saw how lifeless it was.

"I opened the door, the dog immediately tried to stand up but it wasn’t able to," said Kidney. "It was whining heavily, very distressed. It was breathing but seemed very difficult to breathe."

He and other officers made the decision, Kidney said, to "put it out of its misery."

Defense attorney J. Thomas Schaeffer argued that Hursley was defending himself and his friend. He said by law, Hursley had the right to hurt the dog.

"The statue is pretty clear," said Schaeffer.  "It's called Worrying Sheep statute which allows a person to kill, not to proportionately assault an animal but to kill an animal, if the animal, the dog, attacks a person and that's exactly what happened in this particular matter and that exactly what the testimony was"

The judge ruled that the case should go to trial.  Hursley is facing four years in prison if convicted.


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  • Hateu

    Would have been better if he performed an abortion , ripped the baby apart and sold its organs.. Why didn’t he just do that instead ?

  • Gonk

    Where did the dog come from?? This article is unclear. If the dog bit his friend… his actions are justified and he should not be prosecuted. If he went out to beat the crap out of a dog… his actions are unjustified and he should face criminal charges. Pretty simple.

    • NO PC FOR ME

      First off there is no such thing as an aggressive Husky, I know, I have Husky’s.
      Second, even IF the dog bit his friend, beating it to death with a bat and shooting it with airsoft gun is NOT appropriate
      Kuddos to the officers for not dropping this despicable piece of human garbage on the spot.

      People who abuse critters need to…be SKINNED alive.

  • Speaks for dogs.

    I hope the most horrible and nightmarish demons haunt this man the rest of his days. may you hear that dog whimper every time you close your eyes and may your nightmares keep you from sleep.
    pox on you evil man.

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