State police charge Loyalhanna man with shooting dog |

State police charge Loyalhanna man with shooting dog

Chuck Biedka

A Loyalhanna Township man is accused of shooting a dog in the leg at a residence near his house on Robinson Road.

State police on Tuesday charged Robert W. Buchinsky, 60, with two counts of cruelty to animals, including a felony count for causing serious bodily injury.

The dog was shoot in the right front leg at about 4:20 p.m. Sunday, state police reported.

When a trooper interviewed him, Buchinsky denied shooting the dog.

The dog was found around 6:30 p.m. Monday and taken to a veterinarian for treatment, state police said.

Buchinsky was arraigned before by District Judge Jason Buczac and released on $50,000 unsecured bond. A preliminary hearing is scheduled July 23.

The dog belonged to a man with the same last name, though police did not explain whether they are related.

The arresting trooper was available for comment.

Chuck Biedka is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724-226-4711, [email protected] or via Twitter @ChuckBiedka.

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