Man arrested for killing neighbors’ dog
A 52-year-old South Lake Tahoe man was arrested Wednesday on two felony charges in connection with the shooting death of a dog.
George Frederick Voit was charged with intentionally shooting an animal and discharging a firearm in a grossly negligent manner. South Lake Tahoe Police responded to the 700 block of Taylor Way in the Gardner Mountain area at 6:05 p.m. Wednesday.
According to the police report, earlier in the day a dog named Porsche, a 3-year-old Australian shepherd and chow mix, knocked Voit’s girlfriend to the ground while she was walking her two dogs. Porsche then allegedly attacked one the dogs before a neighbor chased it away.
Porsche’s owners Richard and Lisa Abbott were not at home at the time of the shooting. Lisa Lisa Abbott’s mother, Carolyn, Christensen was out in front of the home on Taylor Way with her 2-year-old granddaughter when according to the police report Voit twice drove by the home threatening to kill the dog if it was not taken in the house. Christensen said she was attempting to catch the dog when Voit returned a third time and allegedly pointed a 44-magnum revolver at the dog from his car, fired twice, hitting the dog and speeding away.
The dog was in the front yard of a neighboring house at the time, and according to the police report one of the bullets went into the house. The dog was dead before animal control officers arrived on the scene. Witnesses told police there were numerous children playing in the area during the shooting.
Voit posted bail, set at $7,500, and was released Wednesday evening. On Thursday Voit said on the advice of his attorney he could not comment on the charges.
Lisa Abbott said of the almost three years they have lived in the neighborhood they have never had complaints about either one of their two dogs.
“Porsche was a playful dog,” Lisa said. “She was extremely gentle with my daughter. She liked to play a game where she would make it hard to catch her but she usually stayed right in our area. And in two years she only got out four times.
“It was like a drive-by shooting,” she added.
“What he did was just too harsh,” Richard Abbott said. “There was a better way to handle it. If he had a problem with the dog he should have called animal control. I’m just glad that my daughter is still too young to really remember something like this.”
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