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Watertown man allegedly shot, killed caged puppy, indictment says

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A Watertown man has been indicted on allegations that he shot and killed a caged puppy in June.

Wesley D. Taylor, 20, faces three counts of cruelty to animals and single counts of aggravated cruelty to animals, second-degree reckless endangerment and discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a dwelling.

The charges were contained in a grand jury indictment handed up Monday in Jefferson County Court.

It is alleged that on June 4 at his residence at 1003 Academy St. he shot a German shepherd puppy in the face with a shotgun while the animal was locked in a crate and then failed to seek any kind of medical treatment for dog, resulting in its death. It is also claimed that he slammed the puppy’s tail in the door of the crate and left it that way, making no attempt to release it.

It is further alleged that he fired the gun inside his residence in the presence of his roommate, Colby James, creating a substantial risk of serious injury to Mr. James, and that he discharged the gun within 500 feet of several neighboring houses.

Police said at the time of the incident that they responded to a report of shots fired at Mr. Taylor’s residence and found the injured animal, which was about five months old. The animal was taken to North Country Animal Health Center, Route 3, where it was euthanized, police said.

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