An arrest has been made in connection with five hunting dogs shot in Fentress County, Tennessee.
Greg Smith went on a hog hunting trip with his son, soon to be stepson, and his soon to be stepsons girlfriend. Their dogs had bayed a hog on another person’s property, and the three kids went to kill it.
They tied all 5 of their dogs to a tree after killing the hog when someone started shooting at them. Smith called them and told them to get off the property and leave the dogs.
Smith called the police to help him get his dogs and shotgun left behind. Deputies went to Richard Raders home at the bottom of that hill to talk to him. He claimed he did not see anyone or shoot at anyone, but he did kill the 5 dogs. Rader further stated that the dogs got away from him, so he “had to shoot them.”
“We knew we were in the wrong for going onto the man’s property, but we were only trying to retrieve the dogs then get back on the land I had commissioned,” said Smith. “The shooter claimed he fired on the dogs because they were chasing his livestock. What he did was led the dogs over the hill and shot them.”
Rader claimed he was “pelted with shot,” claiming he was pulling it out of his skin, but later said he was wearing a thick Carhart. He also claimed his house was hit with shot, but investigators could find no evidence of that happening.
According to a 1057news Rader is charged with five counts of animal cruelty, three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, three counts of reckless endangerment with a deadly weapon, and a single count of vandalism under $1,000.