Sunday, June 20, 2021



Arbuckle man receives probation for shooting dog

EDITORS NOTE: In the printed edition of this article, it was incorrectly stated that Friel killed the dog; however, this was incorrect. The dog was shot in its backside with pellets; the dog is alive and well. The Pioneer Review regrets this error. 

The Arbuckle man accused of shooting his neighbor’s dog was convicted of last week with an agreement to pay restitution to the dog’s owner.

John Friel Sr. of Arbuckle, entered a no contest to a misdemeanor charge of animal cruelty through his private attorney, Tedd Mehr, who appeared in Colusa County Superior Court on his behalf on July 8.

Friel reportedly shot at the dog on Friel’s property after it tried to attack him.

Friel was sentenced to one year of probation, and ordered to appear at the Colusa County Sheriff’s Office by Sept. 2, where he will be formally booked and released.

Colusa County Superior Court Judge Jeffrey A. Thompson accepted Friel’s offer to pay $591 restitution to be paid directly to the owner of the dog.

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