Man admits fatally shooting neighbor's therapy dog
May 1, 2020
MAPLE SHADE, N.J. (AP) — A man who fatally shot his neighbor's therapy dog last year has pleaded guilty to animal cruelty, authorities said.
William Stroemel, 64, of Maple Shade, also pleaded guilty Wednesday to a weapons possession count as part of a plea deal with Burlington County prosecutors. They will recommend that he receive a five-year state prison term when he's sentenced July 29.
Stroemel used an air rifle to shoot Toby, a 9-year-old Pomeranian-poodle mix, after the dog was escaped from his owner's home Sept. 17. The dog's owner is a Vietnam War veteran, and family members have...