Booking photo for Nicole Erica Wood from the Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office
MCMINNVILLE, Ore. – A woman is facing first-degree animal abuse charges after deputies said she shot and killed two of her neighbor’s dogs last Friday when they ended up on her McMinnville property.
Yamhill County Sheriff’s deputies were called out to a house on Southwest Peavine Road at about 4 p.m. Nov. 19 on reports of a shooting.
Officials said 43-year-old Nicole Wood used a hunting rifle and a handgun to shoot two of her neighbor’s dogs that had come onto her property.
She was arrested based on the fact that the dogs were not being aggressive towards humans or other animals, according to the sheriff’s office.
One of the dog owners identified them as a 3-year-old German Shorthaired Pointer named Danner, and a 6-year-old Boxer named Shelby.
Jodi Whiting, a dog control officer with the Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office, says someone can kill a neighbor’s dog if it is chasing, injuring, or killing their livestock or state property, like a deer or wildlife.
“Aside from that, it’s really a case by case basis depending on what situation you’re in and how in danger you feel that you are,” Whiting said.
She says if you’re having trouble with a neighbors animal, or feel threatened, call law enforcement if you can.
A lot of times we are able to step in and educate the public so we can keep this from happening in the future,” Whiting said.
Danner’s owner, Matthew Lewis gave KATU this statement: “I don’t have a problem with someone killing a dog that is being aggressive.” However, deputies say that is not the case here.
State records indicate Nicole Wood has been a registered veterinary technician with the Oregon Veterinary Medical Examining Board for more than 20 years.
Wood was booked into the Yamhill County Jail on two counts of first-degree animal abuse. She was released on her own recognizance, with her next court appearance scheduled for Dec. 2.
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