Men in alleged dog killing-for-hire plot plead not guilty - KPTV - FOX 12

Men in alleged dog killing-for-hire plot plead not guilty

Posted: Updated: Jan 24, 2013 06:29 PM
CANBY, OR (KPTV) -

A Canby man is accused of hiring his son to kill his neighbor's dog.

The dog's owner says he came home last April and found the family pet dead in his backyard. The dog named Paws had been shot and a bullet was found lodged in a newspaper inside the nearby recycling bin.

Clackamas County prosecutors said David Walkoski paid his son Derek Walkoski to kill the dog, but did not reveal a motive.

Coleman said he used to be friendly with David Walkoski, but started sensing trouble when Derek Walkoski was released from prison.

"It's really hard for me to get my head wrapped around somebody shooting somebody else's dog like this, especially if you don't know them," Coleman said. "It's cold and it takes a pretty shallow mind, I guess, to do something like this."

Both Walkoskis have pleaded not guilty to charges of aggravated animal abuse, reckless endangering and meth possession.

Derek Walkoski is also charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm.

They are both due back in court next month.

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