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Gore man charged with animal cruelty after shooting neighbor's pet dog

Thursday, May 25, 2023 - A man accused of shooting a dog in front of a woman and two children was charged May 17 with cruelty to animals, a felony, and reckless conduct with a firearm, court records show.

Jerry Ward McMahon, 38, of Gore could face a fine of up to $5,000, five years in prison or both if he is convicted of the cruelty to animals charge. If convicted of reckless conduct with a firearm, McMahon could face a fine of up to $500 or imprisonment for up to six months.

On April 27, a Sequoyah County deputy was dispatched to a Gore residence in reference to a shooting.

Once at the scene, the deputy spoke with Kadie Butler, who stated that her daughter had opened the front door and let their dog, Leo, outside

Leo went into the neighbor’s yard, Butler said, and McMahon came out of his house yelling, “I’m going to shoot your dog if you don’t get him.”

Butler said Leo was running back toward her home when McMahon shot him, just feet in front of where they were standing.

Butler told the deputy she believed Leo was shot with a .22-caliber gun because his wound was so small.

The dog was shot in the muscle of its front left leg, with the round entering one side and exiting the other.

Leo is expected to survive his injury.

Butler stated that McMahon had made previous threats of hurting her dog.

After speaking with Butler, the deputy made contact with McMahon at his residence, which is behind Butler’s property. McMahon told deputies that he shot the dog but he wouldn’t give any more information and asked for a lawyer.

A check with dispatch showed that McMahon had an arrest warrant in Sequoyah County and he was subsequently arrested.

Laura Brown, Staff Writer

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