SALINE COUNTY -- Saline County Judge Walden Morris issued an arrest warrant Monday for a man who shot his neighbor's dog in the head while he was riding his horse-drawn buggy past the neighbor's property.
The warrant charges Atlee J. Miller with one count of aggravated cruelty to animals and one count of failure to possess a firearm owner's identification card, according to Saline County Chief Deputy Ken Clore.
On Saturday, Nov. 11, Hillary Walker of Brown Road said Miller was passing by in a buggy when he shot her blue heeler Sadi in the head. Though the dog is recovering, Walker said the shooting also could have resulted in unintentional human injury or death. She, her 8-year-old daughter and her aunt all were watching through windows at the time of the shooting.
Clore said the FOID charge stems from Miller not producing a copy of his FOID when requested by the responding deputy. Miller did have a FOID card but not on his person, according to an addendum to the deputy's report.
In an effort to discuss possible concerns between Amish and non-Amish neighbors, Clore will host a meeting at 6 p.m. tonight in the Galatia Village Hall. Clore said since Walker's dog was shot, other people in the Harco area have called the sheriff's office about concerns they have had.
Clore said he is hopeful that civil discussion between member of non-Amish and Amish cultures can eliminate or reduce future potential conflicts.