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Appling man charged with shooting dog

Friday, Feb. 10, 2012 3:36 PM
Last updated Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012 12:24 AM
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An Appling man was charged with cruelty to animals Thursday after someone saw him shoot a dog with a rifle near Keg Creek Drive in Appling.

The witness told authorities that about 5:30 p.m. he noticed a GMC Envoy stopped on Keg Creek Drive near the boat ramp.

He saw the driver shoot a medium-size brown dog standing near the woods and then continue to drive downroad, according to a Columbia County Sheriff’s Office incident report.

When deputies arrived, they found large pools of blood and a blood trail leading into the woods, where the dog had died.

The owners of the dog, which was wearing a collar, were notified.

John Wesley York, 68, was arrested after deputies found the SUV parked at a nearby residence.

York admitted to shooting the dog. He said the dog was barking at him and trying to jump on the golf car he was towing with his Envoy.

Deputies could smell alcohol on York’s breath, and he told them he made a drink when he got to his home.

York was also charged with discharging a firearm on or near a public road.

He was released from the Columbia County Detention Center on Thursday on a $4,200 bond, according to jail officials.

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LemonJello
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LemonJello 02/10/12 - 04:43 pm
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What a dope!

What a dope!

Craig Spinks
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Craig Spinks 02/10/12 - 05:07 pm
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A real Great White Hunter.

A real Great White Hunter. Let the dog's owner exact a punishment upon the GWH.

blues550
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blues550 02/10/12 - 05:25 pm
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Jerk. Needs a month mucking
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Jerk. Needs a month mucking out the cages at the Humane Society.

blues550
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blues550 02/10/12 - 05:25 pm
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Jerk. Needs a month mucking
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Jerk. Needs a month mucking out the cages at the Humane Society.

asclemmons
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asclemmons 02/10/12 - 05:28 pm
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yea, this dog was my friend.

yea, this dog was my friend. Her name was Dee.

PUPPYMOMMA
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PUPPYMOMMA 02/10/12 - 05:49 pm
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Sorry to hear about 'Dee".

Sorry to hear about 'Dee". I'm glad a witness came forward or the owners may never have known what happened. We don't know why the dog was loose but they're was no reason to shoot her. What comes around goes around and I hope the shooter gets the stiffest penalty and the biggest fine. If the shooter did that to an innocent dog,what else is he capable of doing? There are cruel, heartless people in this world and Mr. York has demonstrated that he is one of them. Remember, all dogs go to Heaven . I hope "Dee" got a big bone when she got there.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 02/10/12 - 06:22 pm
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It takes a real jerk to do

It takes a real jerk to do this.

Dee's Mom
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Dee's Mom 02/10/12 - 09:44 pm
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I am Dee's Mom. Dee was a 10

I am Dee's Mom. Dee was a 10 year old Lab mix with a bad hip. She was our sweet baby girl. I still cannot believe a "neighbor" would take her away from us in such a cruel way. My family and I are heartbroken.

sassylassie
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sassylassie 02/10/12 - 10:22 pm
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Saying a prayer for you, Dee.

Saying a prayer for you, Dee. Sorry there are individuals in this world who are heartless. I love my dog, too, so I know you must really be hurting. I know Dee is in a happy place now. Sorry she was taken from you too soon.

Dee's Mom
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Dee's Mom 02/10/12 - 10:35 pm
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Thank you for your kindness.

Thank you for your kindness. Dee will forever be in our hearts.

TK3
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TK3 02/11/12 - 12:11 am
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The "neighbor" must have had

The "neighbor" must have had a bone to pick with the dog and or owners to do such a dastardly deed but whatever his reason he should be held accountable for shooting the dog not just for firing a gun. Need stiffer laws to protect animals.

Dee's Mom
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Dee's Mom 02/11/12 - 12:20 am
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The "neighbor" never let it

The "neighbor" never let it be known to us if he did. We saw him several times a week and never a word to us about the dog.

AutumnLeaves
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AutumnLeaves 02/11/12 - 12:28 am
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I can't imagine someone doing

I can't imagine someone doing this unless he thought he was defending his own life. Did he think he was defending his own life and limb? Or was he just being annoyed and inconvenienced?

BBSouth
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BBSouth 02/11/12 - 12:40 am
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Sorry for your lost "Dee's

Sorry for your lost "Dee's Mom", may you meet your baby on the rainbow bridge one day. To the shooter, kharma is a female dog....

MReese
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MReese 02/11/12 - 12:41 am
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The part about the golf cart

The part about the golf cart is a cowardly excuse to cover his butt. He shot the dog not once, but twice in cold blood as she stood there wagging her tail at him.

sassylassie
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sassylassie 02/11/12 - 01:57 am
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Sickening. There is a special

Sickening. There is a special punishment for those who are so cruel. It takes a particularly cruel and heartless individual to do such things. But....what goes around...comes around. We'll pet you in heaven, Dee!

soldout
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soldout 02/11/12 - 08:29 am
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It is wrong to shot a dog and

It is wrong to shot a dog and glad to see people upset. May we all be just as upset over the killing of unborn babies.

creolechick
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creolechick 02/11/12 - 10:34 am
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The neighbor could have and

The neighbor could have and should have made a different choice. If the dog was bothering him, he should have told the owners and maybe all of this could have been avoided and Dee's family would still have her. Why can't people make the more compassionate choice more often? Maybe to some people a dog is just a dog. But some like me, a dog is a member of the family.

creolechick
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creolechick 02/11/12 - 10:37 am
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To twolane: I have the same

To twolane: I have the same compassion for humans and animals. We are all God's creatures. My dogs are much nicer than a lot of people I know!

David Parker
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David Parker 02/11/12 - 10:48 am
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incredibly tactful twolane.

incredibly tactful twolane. never fail to disappoint do you?

School curriculum from early on should ramp up the social skills. If it's that hard to speak to a neighbor as an adult, then their soft skills are lacking and that probably stems from schools focusing on the 3 r's exclusively.

David Parker
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David Parker 02/11/12 - 10:50 am
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Just an observation too, how

Just an observation too, how awkward things are going to be now in that neck of the woods. Communication , how do they say, the pen is mightier than the sword? In this instance, words would have been much better than a bullet for all involved.

allhans
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allhans 02/11/12 - 11:20 am
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The man was driving a GMC

The man was driving a GMC Envoy while towing a golf cart? It would take a large dog to harm him in the cab of a vehicle of that size..

happychimer
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happychimer 02/11/12 - 01:49 pm
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Dee's mom, I know how you

Dee's mom, I know how you feel. Yrs ago an 18 yr old turned our dog loose and chased him out of our yard and shot him. We got him to the vet, and he survived, but had a broken leg and developed arthritis. The boy got away with it, because his family knew people in high places, including the judge. This happened about 1990.I gave up on dogs.

jic
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jic 02/11/12 - 01:45 pm
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nothing lower than a drunk
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nothing lower than a drunk with a gun.

Swampman
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Swampman 02/11/12 - 03:06 pm
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My wife and I have three dogs

My wife and I have three dogs - Pee Dee, Mattie & Bug - and their constant loving presence is one of the great joys of our life. My heart breaks for Dee's family and rages at the cruelty of the callous creep who killed her.

kmanderson
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kmanderson 02/11/12 - 03:14 pm
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This is so sad. People who

This is so sad. People who harm animals should be tried on murder charges. Our animals are our children. It would have been no different if he had shot a child in cold blood. What an evil idiot!

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Willow Bailey 02/11/12 - 03:33 pm
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My condolences to Dee's

My condolences to Dee's family. And also to the shooter's family...it can't be easy.

reba530
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reba530 02/11/12 - 06:40 pm
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DON'T THIS STUPID MAN KNOW
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DON'T THIS STUPID MAN KNOW THAT YOU CAN DO MORE TIME IN PRISON FOR ANIMAL ABUSE THAN YOU COULD KILLING SOMEONE. I HOPE THEY SOCK IT TO HIS SORRY BEHIND

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