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Neighbor Shoots Dog Couple Outraged

Posted by on Jan. 11, 2013 at 5:15 AM
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A Hampstead family is heartbroken and outraged after they said their neighbor shot and killed their pet dog, but the neighbor said he was only protecting his own animals.

Judy Galietta said her 6-year-old Brittany spaniel, Sadie, was shot and killed on Jan. 5 after getting into a neighbor's yard.

"I got over there, (and) I knew she was dead. I picked up her head, and at that point, I knew she was gone," said Galietta.

Galietta and her husband, Fred, are beyond angry at homeowner Christopher Gibbons, who they said shot their dog.

"He showed his true colors. He's a coward," said Fred Galietta.

Gibbons told police he awoke that Saturday morning to a dog barking at his rabbits.

According to a police report, Gibbons told officers "he yelled at the dog, but it continued barking at the rabbits with every breath, circling the cage. He went and got his rifle (AR-15 .223 caliber) and fired a shot to scare the dog away." When it didn’t work, Gibbons said he shot and killed the dog.

The Galiettas said they've had long-standing problems with the target shooting the retired Manchester police officer does in his back yard. The couple said a number of other neighbors are also upset.

"It's not only the dog owners, people are worried that a stray bullet might be coming into their back yard," said Fred Galietta.

Gibbons' wife told News 9 that "there's a lot of misinformation out there, but this was a vicious attack. The dog was ripping off the back of the cage, and we had to protect our animals."

Authorities said state law regarding loose dogs and protection of domestic animals is on Gibbons' side, but the Galiettas said the shooting may have been legal, but it wasn’t right. 

"I don’t feel safe here. I don’t even feel safe in the house," said Judy Galietta.

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by Jennie on Jan. 11, 2013 at 6:28 AM
That's horrible
I can't imagine the dog being so out of control
Without any prior complaints
But as much as I love animals and am a pet owner if I was threatened I would shoot a warning shot.
But you see, this mans concern was his rabbits not his life. He could have gone inside and called animal control not get his gun.

I also wonder whether his rabbits were pets or for food?
Either way the way it's being told I don't feel he had to shoot the dog.
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by Amy on Jan. 11, 2013 at 6:49 AM
This is terrible. He definitely had other options than to shoot the dog. Unreal. And if he's a retired police officer he should definitely know that there were alternatives. How sad.
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by Sara on Jan. 11, 2013 at 9:10 AM

terrible. I don't think he should have shot the dog. It sounds like he had other fights with the neighbors and knew the law would be on his side if he claimed his rabbits were threatened and did it out of spite if you ask me

by on Jan. 11, 2013 at 9:19 AM

I agree with all of you. He should have called animal control. If there was no other indication that the dog was vicious he could of tried to shoo the dog away or coerce the dog off. Better yet, if the owners were home he could of ran over there. I think he also did it out of spite too.

by Amanda on Jan. 11, 2013 at 9:50 AM

That's terrible :(  He should have called animal control first. The dog wasn't attacking him or his family.

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