Palatine man kills neighbor’s dog, thought it was coyote

A man from Palatine set a trap to lure coyotes onto his property, but wound up shooting his neighbor’s dog instead.

Piotr Holy, 40, is facing several charges including aggravated cruelty to an animal.

Holy set an elaborate trap using a deer carcass with motion sensors and an alarm to trap coyotes.

Police say a neighbor’s German shepherd set off the alarm and Holy shot it with a 22-caliber rifle.

The dog’s owner rushed it to the hospital, but the dog died during surgery.

Holy is due back in court March 7.

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13 comments

  • Debbie

    Why was the dog on his property? Had the owner of the dog been a responsible pet owner this would not have happened. Who lets a German Shepard run around like that?

    • leesa

      Why would anyone shoot any animal if your not in any danger??????? Cruelty to animals is unacceptable. This has nothing to do with being an irresponsible pet owner.

      • FreewayRickRoss

        yes wish death upon another human being because of an opinion, classy sir. If he owns livestock I could understand him wanting to trap and kill predators.

  • Tom

    Good thing it wasn't a child. Why is he setting traps to kill anything in a residential area. I agree about being a responsible per owner but come on

  • cant believe it

    Put a deer carcass on your property, and all kinds of animals are going to try to get in. Even a responsible pet owner may not have been able to prevent his pet from going after a smelly deer carcass. Maybe the guy should have notified his neighbors before he did it.

    • Freeway

      A responsible pet owner would have something called a fence which detains an animal in a specific area thus not allowing the animal to wander onto other people property.

  • sharong4

    Look at the coyote's that chased that owner's dog into his home and tried to get in his house. The dog was on his own property but that didn't stop the coyotes. I am not saying what he did was right, but come on, coyotes are dangerous animals. Dogs can be dangerous also. Are you going to let a pit bull just run on your property or around your family without his master? A lot ofyou had better do more thinking than talking. My cat was pregnant and the next door neighbor killed her. She never ventured out of our yard and how she got poisioned and into his yard is still a mystery. Perople can be cruel and hostile when it comes to animals. But you still have to protect your own.

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