KINGSTON – A Beachwood, New Jersey man, who was found guilty in Ulster County court for the January 2014 bow and arrow killing of a companion dog in the Town of Shawangunk, will soon begin to serve his sentence.
David Moors was convicted in a non-jury trial of the felony of aggravated cruelty to animals for intentionally and senselessly killing Clara, a 2 ½-year-old shepherd-terrier mix.
He was sentenced to six months in the county jail, five years probation, 250 hours of community service, required to surrender his weapons and his New York State hunting license and ordered to pay restitution.
Following the sentencing, the Appellate Division of State Supreme Court stayed the execution of the judgment and Moors was released. On appeal to the Appellate Division, Moors challenged the legal sufficiency of the evidence and argued that the sentence was unduly harsh and excessive.
The court found that he killed Clara in an especially depraved and sadistic manner by shooting her in the abdomen with an arrow that was likely to and did prolong her suffering.
The case was remitted back to county court and Moors will be placed in the county jail to begin serving his sentence.