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Men accused of shooting Great Pyrenees sheep dogs

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OCHOCO NATIONAL FOREST, OR (KPTV) -

Two men are accused of shooting and killing three Great Pyrenees sheep dogs in the Ochoco National Forest.

The owner of the dogs, Gordon Clark of Madras, was told about the situation on Aug. 27 by his workers running two large herds of sheep on their Ochoco grazing allotment near the Walton Lake Sno-Park.

The dogs were found in the forest with gunshot wounds. A deputy recovered .223 caliber casings on the road nearby.

The deputy then began interviewing people at bow hunting camps in the area and developed two suspects who were close to the crime scene. The deputy returned to the camp later in the day to interview the suspects again and said two men confessed to the shooting.

Craig Johnson, 59, of Bend and his brother Paul Johnson, 66, of Roseburg, said they shot the dogs because they believed the animals were wild dogs. The men also said they were unfamiliar with the large sheep herds in the area.

The deputy seized a Ruger Mark II .223 caliber gun believed to be the weapon used to kill the dogs.

The owner of the dogs estimates their value at $7,500. The dogs are placed in the forest to follow and protect the sheep.

Craig and Paul Johnson were indicted by the Crook County grand jury on Sept. 28 on charges of criminal mischief and animal abuse.

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