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Man charged with killing neighbor’s dog with bow & arrow

November 19th, 2013 Leave a comment Go to comments

A deer hunter from New Jersey has been charged with a felony after police say he intentionally shot and killed a Shawangunk family’s dog with a bow and arrow last week.

112013dog“We’re just devastated,” said Chris Palinkas, the dog’s owner.

Palinkas said the incident came out of the blue on Sunday, Oct. 27 while he was in a wooded area on his property cutting some firewood with his brother. The area is located on the other side of a field from his house, which sits on 57 acres. Palinkas forgot his gloves and called the house to have his 8-year-old daughter bring them to him.

The young girl brought the family dog, a 2-year-old Australian Shepherd mix named Claira, along with her. After delivering the gloves, the two headed back across the field to the house.

“As soon as I started the chainsaw, I heard an awful shrieking,” said Palinkas.

Palinkas said he stopped and turned to see their dog, Claira, with an arrow through her body, flopping on the ground just a couple hundred feet away and making a terrible noise he had never heard before.

Remembering his neighbor’s hunting blind perched nearby on the property line, Palinkas ran straight to the blind where he found a stranger, later identified as his neighbor’s brother, David W. Moors, of Beachwood, NJ, sitting quietly in the tent with a bow.

“I didn’t even know he existed and he killed my dog,” said Palinkas.

Palinkas said Moors did not deny shooting the dog, or realizing it was a dog, but told him he shot the dog because “it shouldn’t be running loose.”

“She was the most friendly dog you’d ever want to know,” said Palinkas. “I think that’s what got her killed.”

Palinkas said the hunter had put out sweet feed (corn with molasses) near the blind and Moors told him the dog had come right up to the blind to investigate, then turned to leave. Palinkas said it was at that time the hunter shot her at close range, the arrow entering from behind her ribs and protruding from her throat.

While Palinkas called 911, his wife sent their daughter into the house and went in search of Claira, who had dragged herself to a nearby stream. She removed the arrow and carried the dog back to the house. She tried to drive Claira to the nearest vet open on a Sunday—an office in New Windsor—but the dog died along the way.

Town of Shawangunk Police and a DEC officer responded to the scene and arrested Moors, charging him with aggravated cruelty to animals and hunting over bait.

Palinkas said he hasn’t had a problem with the neighbors before, whom he has previously allowed to hunt deer along the border of his land, since his neighbors’ parcel is narrow and much smaller.

“I was just trying to be a good neighbor and let them do their thing, even though we’re not hunters,” said Palinkas.

Palinkas said they had owned Claira for just two short years, after he gave in to repeated requests and brought home a puppy for his two young daughters, ages 5 and 7 at the time.

“She has been the ultimate family dog, so smart and easy to train. She was supposed to be with them until they went off to college and she died of old age,” said Palinkas.

Instead, he said his two daughters were traumatized by the incident, and can’t understand why someone would intentionally shoot their dog. Palinkas said his 8-year-old daughter also saw her injured dog and heard the “awful screeching.”

“To hear my daughters crying was so heartbreaking,” said Palinkas, adding that he hopes the court prosecutes the New Jersey hunter.

Moors was arraigned and released on Oct. 27 and is set to appear in Town Court on Nov. 19.

By RACHEL COLEMAN
rcoleman@tcnewspapers.com

  1. Bruce Mateer
    November 20th, 2013 at 03:23 | #1

    That’s the behavior of a true pathetic coward. A piece of @#%& like Davis Moors will only cause more grief and harm in our society. He is scum.

  2. Dena
    December 8th, 2013 at 13:33 | #2

    From the shooters callous response it seems reasonable if one of the children had entered the area he may have shot them instead. Animal!

  3. Margaret M.
    January 6th, 2014 at 18:25 | #3

    The next court date for the monster is January 13, 2014 at Shawangunk Court in the Village of Wallkill at 6pm. If you can, go there to give support to the Palinkas family and to give a voice to Claira, who has none. I’m tired of people thinking it’s OK to hurt defenseless animals.

  4. Lucy Muller
    January 6th, 2014 at 21:00 | #4

    With an evil heart David Moors caused the heartache of a family and sadness from the entire community. Love your neighbor we are told; I guess moors parents never taught him that. I would like to see him serve jail time.

  5. Margaret M.
    January 9th, 2014 at 18:25 | #5

    The trial is going to be held at Kingston City Court, 1 Garraghan Drive, Kingston, NY 12401.

  6. Margaret M.
    January 13th, 2014 at 13:44 | #6

    Grand jury felony charge determination to be held at Ulster County Court in Kingston, January 16.

  7. Margaret M.
    January 13th, 2014 at 13:44 | #7

    Today’s court appearance in Wallkill will not occur. RIP Clara.

  8. Karie B
    January 13th, 2014 at 19:09 | #8

    This is unreal that a person would shoot a dog that clearly was not a starving stray mean dog. She was minding her own business on her own land!!! I hope that man David gets his just deserts!!! Those poor girls to loose a member of the family in such a manner. No amount of money could make the pain go away, But I hope they sue him for everything he has including his home, I hope he has to pay with every paycheck he gets for the rest of his life. Maybe if they make an example out of this JERK the next one will think twice before killing a beloved member of a persons family. I am sorry Chris that this happened to you. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  9. Kenny P.
    January 13th, 2014 at 22:15 | #9

    Thanks for keeping us updated.

  10. Margaret M.
    January 14th, 2014 at 18:56 | #10
  11. Johnny
    January 16th, 2014 at 21:45 | #11

    I live in a rural area as well and its well known that extra care should be taken in regard to your childrens safety and especially your pets. Coyotes are abundant in our area. Did I miss something, did this hunter strike this animal on the road or in the woods where coyotes are abundant. If we would go so far to convict this hunter of murder why wouldn’t the dogs owners be guilty of neglecting their pet that should not have been in the woods during hunting season.

  12. Johnny
    January 17th, 2014 at 10:46 | #12

    are you kidding people kill people with cars and they only receive a slap on the wrist what a waste of tax payers money. don’t these people have anything else to do there called accidents for a reason. isn’t there a leash law in this town. was the owners given a summons or a ticket they should be on trial.

  13. kg
    January 17th, 2014 at 15:05 | #13

    @Johnny
    The dog was on her own property. The owner was within hearing distance. The hunter obviously has anger issues. Isn’t killing animals the way most serial killers start?

  14. laramie
    January 24th, 2014 at 21:10 | #14

    @Johnny

    Yes Johnny, you missed something. You missed ALOT:
    a) the dog was on her own property as kg stated above, and it was apparently not an accident. The guy aimed and killed the dog.
    b) the leash law doesn’t apply here, but even if it did, since when does that make it okay to kill someone else’s family pet?? How is that at all equal to giving the pet owners a ticket? How are those two things even remotely at the same level of terribleness? The pet’s off leash so that means it has to die??? Should we shoot you because you ran a stop sign or because you were caught smoking somewhere you’re not supposed to?

  15. Lucy Muller
    January 26th, 2014 at 14:37 | #15

    Johnny, you area person who knows nothing about what you wrote. Why don’t you educate yourself about the facts first.

  16. MARTHA
    January 31st, 2014 at 18:26 | #16

    JOHNNY, I THINK YOUR IGNORANCE HAS AMAZED EVERYONE HERE … CAN YOU READ? DO YOU HAVE ANY COMPREHENSION SKILLS AT ALL? THE DOG WAS ON HER “OWN” PROPERTY AND WITH HER 8 YEAR OLD LITTLE GIRL .. DAVID MOOR ADMITTED THE “DOG WAS ANNOYING HIM” … AND HE SHOT IT WITH A BOW “ABSOUTELY HORRIBLE” … INTENTIONALLY!!!!! IN FRONT OF THE LITTLE GIRL ON THE DOGS “OWN” PROPERTY … HE HAD NO RIGHT TO SHOOT ANYTHING ON THEIR PROPERTY … IT IS A CRIME AND I HOPE HE GETS CONVICTED O A “FELONY” AND HE WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO OWN “ANY” WEAPONS OF “ANY” KIND INCLUDING A BOW AND NO LICENSE TO HUNT … THT IS WHEN HE GETS OUT OF JAIL OR PRISON “WE” HOPE!

  17. Kenny P.
    February 10th, 2014 at 14:47 | #17

    Has there been any update? Court dates?