Two men from Cortland face Environmental Conservation Law violations after shooting at what they thought was a coyote in a field in Groton on February 21.
DEC police say the pair were on their way to a hunting spot when one saw what he believed were the eyes of a coyote in the darkness.
The passenger in the vehicle got out, loaded a round in his rifle, walked to a fence and fired.
The DEC reports the property owner’s dog was shot.
The ECO determined the shot was fired within 500-feet of a home, on posted property.
The driver and passenger were charged with operating an artificial light with an unsecured gun in the vehicle.
The DEC reports the two cooperated and were charged a few days after the shooting.
By then, the Cornell Animal Hospital had determined the dog was expected to recover.