MAGALLOWAY PLANTATION, Maine — The Maine Warden Service has charged a Dixfield man with shooting a domestic animal after he reportedly shot a dog that was out in the woods with its owner.
Christopher J. Salatino, who was hunting deer in this Oxford County community, told authorities that he thought the German shepherd was a coyote, according to a press release from the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.
The dog reportedly was accompanied by its owner, Cindy Williams, who is a forester from Errol, N.H.
“Unfortunately this is another case of a hunter not practicing ‘100 percent identification’ before shooting a target. The Maine Warden Service takes these cases very seriously and this investigation proved that Mr. Salatino should be charged with violating the law. The summons has been delivered and as with hunting incidents such as these, after a full investigation, the hunter is charged and if found guilty, will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law,” said Edie Smith, spokesperson for the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.
The summons was filed at Oxford County District Court in Rumford. The investigation is led by Warden Brock Clukey with assistance from Warden Norman Lewis.
This is the second time in a week that the warden service reported charging a hunter with shooting a domestic animal. On Thursday, Smith reported that Seth White, 53, of Orrington shot a do that was running loose in the woods. White also said he though
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