Woman to spend 2 years on probation for shooting and killing 1-year-old pug in York County

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A woman will spend two years on probation for shooting and killing her neighbor’s 1-year-old pug in York Township.

Joan McClintock, 51, of York Township, pleaded guilty on Monday to cruelty to animals in front of Common Pleas Judge Amber Anstine Kraft for fatally wounding the pug, Zoe, on Sept. 1, 2019.

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Joan McClintock, 51, of York Township, pleaded guilty on Monday to animal cruelty for shooting and killing her neighbor's 1-year-old pug, Zoe, on Sept. 1, 2019. As part of the plea agreement, McClintock must spend two years on probation and pay almost $5,680 in restitution.
Joan McClintock, 51, of York Township, pleaded guilty on Monday to animal cruelty for shooting and killing her neighbor's 1-year-old pug, Zoe, on Sept. 1, 2019. As part of the plea agreement, McClintock must spend two years on probation and pay almost $5,680 in restitution.

Senior Deputy Prosecutor Mark Monroe dropped the remaining counts in the case: aggravated cruelty to animals and recklessly endangering another person.

McClintock’s attorney, Korey Leslie, said his client raises chickens, turkeys and other fowl for a living. The dog, he said, was “running around barking and riling them up.”

Leslie said McClintock fired two warning shots. She then fired a third shot, which hit the dog in the backside and resulted in its death.

She agreed with that recitation of facts.

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Zoe died the next day after receiving treatment at Animal Emergency & Referral Center of York in Spring Garden Township and VRC in East Whiteland Township, Chester County.

York Area Regional police said the dog wandered onto McClintock's property but that her birds were inside wire coops and not accessible to the pug.

As part of the plea agreement, McClintock cannot have contact with Zoe's owners, Brian and Tammy Timcheck. She has described the pug as a "little firecracker" that was "full of life, affectionate, friendly and sweet."

McClintock must also pay almost $5,680 in restitution.

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Contact Dylan Segelbaum at 717-771-2102.

This article originally appeared on York Daily Record: Animal cruelty: York County woman gets probation for fatally shooting pug

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