Twenty-year-old Steven Paulson and 18-year-old Troy Loney are each charged with one count of the felony.
Investigators allege that on March 8, they roped the dog, probably a Siberian husky, to a tree near Wilkeson Elementary School and shot it "numerous times" using a bow and one arrow.
A witness said the men took turns and shot the dog at least 10 times. Prosecutors said that after the dog died, the men threw its body into Wilkeson Creek.
If convicted, the two men could face maximum prison sentences of five years and fines of $10,000, although sentencing guidelines for a first offense call for less jail time.
Police said Paulson is the son of Wilkeson Mayor Doug Paulson.
Posted: Sep 1, 2004 - 5:54 PM
The trial began Tuesday for Loney and Paulson, accused of killing a dog with a bow and arrow. They are charged with first-degree animal cruelty. If convicted of the felony in Pierce County Superior Court, the men could face a maximum year in prison.
About 50 animal welfare activists filled the courtroom in Tacoma where two men are on trail. Carpools were arranged by the group "Pasado's Safe Haven," which is demanding jail time for the two.
According to court papers, Loney and Paulson tied a stray Siberian husky to a tree near Wilkeson Elementary School. The men are accused of shooting the dog with a bow and arrow, removing the arrow and repeating the act 10 times before dumping the dog's body into Wilkeson Creek. The body was not recovered.
Lawyers for the two men say that there must be significant suffering before a felony charge is warranted and that the pair had no intention of torturing the dog.
Loney has said the dog was thin and mangy and they put it out of its misery.
Paulson's lawyer, Philip Bolland, contends the prosecutor's office did not have enough facts to support a felony animal cruelty charge. Deputy Prosecutor Dennis Ashman said the method the men chose to kill the dog ensured it would suffer unduly.
Source: KIRO-TV - August 31, 2004
Posted: Sep 2, 2004 - 10:47 PM
A Pierce County judge declared two men guilty of felony animal cruelty Thursday afternoon.
Superior Court Judge Thomas Felnagle said that Troy Loney of Tacoma and Steven Paulson of Wilkeson were inconsistent and lacked credibility in their explanation of why they killed a stray Siberian Husky last spring.
The defendants were led away in handcuffs. "Happy trails," someone whispered in the crowded courtroom.
They tied the dog to a tree and killed it with a bow and arrow on March 8 near Wilkeson Elementary School. Prosecutors said they reused the same arrow at least twice. Loney said they shot the dog twice to put it down after they couldn't find a home for it, using two separate arrows and a hunting bow.
The men, who waived their right to a jury trial, will be sentenced in Felnagle's courtroom Oct. 1 at 1:30 p.m. They face one year in prison.
Source: The News Tribune - Sept 2, 2004
(But they should face their whole life in prison and get psycological help.)