Appeals court upholds animal cruelty conviction

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ALBANY – The Appellate
Division of State Supreme Court has affirmed the conviction of a Kerhonkson
man, who shot and killed his neighbor’s dog and then buried it.

Matthew Miller, 34, was convicted in April 2015 of a felony charge of
aggravated cruelty to animals.

Miller originally maintained that the dog he shot was a stray that was
fighting with his roommate’s dog and that he shot it to put it out
of its misery. He admitted to burying the animal.

The dog’s body was exhumed and a necropsy performed, which countered
his claims that the dog was severely injured.

It was also learned that the dog was not a stray, but was entrusted to
the care of Miller’s friend who was living with him at the time.

Miller was sentenced to one year in the Ulster County Jail and ordered
to pay $1,500 in restitution and permanently barred from owning any animals.