SMETHPORT — A Mount Jewett man was convicted at jury trial on Tuesday of charges relating to shooting a dog in the borough in May of 2020.
According to District Attorney Stephanie Vettenburg-Shaffer, a jury trial was held at McKean County Courthouse Tuesday for Christopher Julian, 47, of Mount Jewett.
He was found guilty of aggravated cruelty to animals using a deadly weapon, defiant trespass and cruelty to animals using a weapon. He was found not guilty of a charge of attempted cruelty.
Shaffer said the charges stemmed from an investigation into the defendant’s actions in regards to shooting a dog in the back at a Mount Jewett property where he was previously warned not to enter by the property owner. The dog was treated by veterinarians in Smethport and Orchard Park, N.Y., and survived.
The case was investigated by Trooper Christopher Barr of the Lewis Run-based state police.
Shaffer prosecuted the case on behalf of the Commonwealth.
The judge scheduled sentencing for Dec. 2, 2021.