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North Liberty man faces multiple charges after allegedly shooting a dog

LAKEVILLE, Ind. -- The man charged with criminal recklessness for allegedly shooting a dog while it was less than two feet away from its owner, has now been charged with the killing of a domestic animal.

Jon Hanley shot Viola Woods' German shepherd named Major on December 30th, 2017.

Woods was outside her home near the Working Persons Store in Lakeville when it happened.

Officials say Woods was picking up trash out of the road when Major got away from her and approached 53-year-old Jon Hanley.

Witnesses state that Major appeared to be playing with Hanley.

Hanley told police the dog jumped on him and then bit him, according to the probable cause affidavit.

Major then ran back to Woods and she was able to get him under control and reattached his leash.

Hanley retrieved a 9mm handgun from his vehicle, then walked within 10 yards of Woods and Major, and fired two shots, one which went between Majors eyes. 

Hanley was charged with criminal recklessness for the risk of bodily injury to Viola Woods, as well as knowingly injuring a domestic animal without consent and criminal mischief.

Authorities state Hanley posted bond on Wednesday afternoon.

Major is recovering at this time.

According to the probable cause affidavit Hanley was originally supposed to be in court on January 11th but due to new charges the date has been pushed back.


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