No Jail Time for Albemarle Man who Plead Guilty to Killing Dog

Jul 8, 2013 Read more: NBC29 Charlottesville 47
Michael Mullins pleaded guilty to killing a hunting dog on his property, but will serve no jail time. Read more
The Dude

Bumpass, VA

#21 Jul 10, 2013
i agree cass scottsville wrote:
<quoted text> all my family are hunters too and they least land to hunt. they run dogs and most of the time we get a call if a dog ends up at someones house and we go get the dog. its country its what we do hunt fish and drive 4 wheel drives.my heart goes out to the family of the dog and rest in peace little beagle. i have a beagle too and i would have been crushed if something was to have happened like this to him. people are sick.
I hunt, I fish, I (used to) drive dirt bikes and 4 wheelers, but that does not give me license to trespass on other's land. My right's end where their rights begin. This isn't about the dog, it's about property rights.
Patty

Charlottesville, VA

#22 Jul 10, 2013
RIP Bob....no justice for your death!
sherrie B

United States

#23 Jul 10, 2013
you shouldnt judge people that you dont know he didnt kill the dog just to kill the dog the dog was suffering so i dont blame him for what he did if i was suffering like that i would want him to put me out of my missery he loves animals he would not hurt any animal on purpose so the judge did the right thing yall people dont even know him and he did not shoot the dog so get your facts straight before you run your mouth hes a good person
Cmon Man

Norfolk, VA

#24 Jul 10, 2013
I have been a hunter my whole 48 years (both still and dog hunter) and I see a escalating problem with dog hunters and either still hunters or non hunters due to population increases and hunting ground decreases. Personnally, If the mans dog (rotweiller) was on his property and injured the hunting dog that was coming across his property and he in fact did just put the dog out of his misery than this was justified. I have a large property and don't mind the occasional hunting dog running deer or rabbits across my property and in fact sometimes grab my firearm and profitt from the event, but I am not responsible for what happens to those animals while they are on my property. They may be injured by livestock or my dogs or myself if they harass my dogs, or livestock. Really it is just about tolerance by everyone. I have never had an issue with a hunting pack, and all of the hounds I have encountered were freindly good dogs just doing their job. The owners on the other hand aren't always polite and often don't respect the property they are a guest on. First advice is keep your vehicles (and weapons) off private property and don't cop an attitude when your caught in the wrong.

Just sayin'
Dog Gone lol

Barboursville, VA

#25 Jul 10, 2013
Really, hunting with dogs should be illegal unless you own or lease a vast tract of land.
Beagles are constantly coming on my property, taking dumps, tearing trash up, harassing my dogs, and eating his food. They are known for ringworm, and parvo,
Hunters in Greene and Albermarle are known for putting their dogs out on posted land so they can go retrieve them.
And how about the thief walking around your property claiming he is looking for dog
Really

Wirtz, VA

#26 Jul 10, 2013
The Dude wrote:
<quoted text>IT DOES NOT MATTER:
http://www.dgif.virginia.gov/hunting/regulati...
18.2-136. Right of certain hunters to go on lands of another; carrying firearms or bows and arrows prohibited.
Fox hunters and coon hunters, when the chase begins on other lands, may follow their dogs on prohibited lands, and hunters of all other game, when the chase begins on other lands, may go upon prohibited lands to retrieve their dogs, falcons, hawks, or owls but may not carry firearms or bows and arrows on their persons or hunt any game while thereon. The use of vehicles to retrieve dogs, falcons, hawks, or owls on prohibited lands shall be allowed only with the permission of the landowner or his agent. Any person who goes on prohibited lands to retrieve his dogs, falcons, hawks, or owls pursuant to this section and who willfully refuses to identify himself when requested by the landowner or his agent to do so is guilty of a Class 4 misdemeanor.
It is legalized trespass
Kill the hunters and then we would not need to worry about statues created by idiots.
sez you

Charlottesville, VA

#27 Jul 10, 2013
In another life long long ago I had the misfortune of meeting some hunters and became quite acquainted with the hunter mentality. Sorry to say a lot of them I met have a me first and frig the laws and the rights of others second. Pretty much the same old fat white guy mentality. This case has pretty much bore that out. What I witnessed was atrocious as far as the complete disdain for the lives and rights of others, including the game they so called hunted.
JMK

Miamisburg, OH

#28 Jul 11, 2013
mary wrote:
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then post your property
The problem is the hunting culture around here. These guys don't see "posted" signs as applying to them because they game the system via the lax dog retrieval laws. The overarching problem here is that Virginia has been unwilling to adequately regulate dog-assisted hunting. In many other states a hunt club has to have unrestricted access to a minimum size tract of land in order to use dogs, and/or there is a "dog season" at the end of modern firearms season. These guys around here set their dogs on a trail across land they don't have permission to hunt, then the dogs drive the game onto contiguous land that they do have permission to be on. This has been a huge problem not just because of the trespassing, but also because they get all the game to themselves during rifle season, and nobody who hunts without dogs has half a chance to get a deer during firearms season.
yep

Charlottesville, VA

#29 Jul 11, 2013
I guess if a kid wonders on this crazy guy's property, he will be glad to finish off the child with a rock if his dog mauls it! What animal lover kills any animal with a rock? This is one sick puppy! I hope the guy that owns the dog will even the score with this fruitcake since the judge didn't have the manhood to do it!
Scottsville

Charlottesville, VA

#30 Jul 11, 2013
wondering wrote:
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The dogs were being used to "hunt" his land without the hunters crossing it. Then they can follow to "retrieve" their dogs.
I agree that the issue is the "hunters" running their dogs across his land without permission.
The dogs were being picked up not run across anything of his. One litte dog not even a full sized hound and the dog was killed that makes no sense.
Scottsville

Charlottesville, VA

#31 Jul 11, 2013
NO to UBOTs wrote:
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Christ Almighty! Read the article. He killed the dog with a rock after it got mauled by one of his dogs.
UBOT-Useless Bag of T--s
He shot the dog where this rock bull come from I have no idea that is a lie. The dog was shot.
Scottsville

Charlottesville, VA

#32 Jul 11, 2013
sherrie B wrote:
you shouldnt judge people that you dont know he didnt kill the dog just to kill the dog the dog was suffering so i dont blame him for what he did if i was suffering like that i would want him to put me out of my missery he loves animals he would not hurt any animal on purpose so the judge did the right thing yall people dont even know him and he did not shoot the dog so get your facts straight before you run your mouth hes a good person
He's a freaking wack job and he is the one that hurt the dog and he cares so much he blames his own dogs. His dogs did not attack that dog. He could have called the ownwers and told them the dog had been hurt but you were there right? I am assuming you know what happened.
MOUNTAIN MAN--

Cullen, VA

#33 Jul 11, 2013
Any animal comes on "my property", it dies. Any man, unwanted, comes on "my property", it dies. End of their existance, end of story.
Confused

Charlottesville, VA

#34 Jul 11, 2013
Scottsville wrote:
<quoted text>He shot the dog where this rock bull come from I have no idea that is a lie. The dog was shot.
I am confused about this,was it a rock or gunshot?the veterinary report did not mention anything about a gunshot.
Bubba

Charlottesville, VA

#35 Jul 11, 2013
MOUNTAIN MAN-- wrote:
Any animal comes on "my property", it dies. Any man, unwanted, comes on "my property", it dies. End of their existance, end of story.
Have fun in jail
Scottsville

Charlottesville, VA

#36 Jul 11, 2013
Confused wrote:
<quoted text>
I am confused about this,was it a rock or gunshot?the veterinary report did not mention anything about a gunshot.
The dog was shot. He admitted that he shot the dog in the start of this trail.
Taylor

Palmyra, VA

#39 Jul 11, 2013
Scottsville wrote:
This is such B.S. Did he charged for having a dangerous dog? What if it would have been a child that wandered in his yard?
Usually people don't use children as trackers.
Taylor

Palmyra, VA

#40 Jul 11, 2013
yep wrote:
I guess if a kid wonders on this crazy guy's property, he will be glad to finish off the child with a rock if his dog mauls it! What animal lover kills any animal with a rock? This is one sick puppy! I hope the guy that owns the dog will even the score with this fruitcake since the judge didn't have the manhood to do it!
Why do you people keep mentioning children? What kind of nut job parent is going to let their kid wander off through the woods and on to some persons private property?

Also did you not read the part that mentioned the animal was "grievously wounded" before being killed? That to me sounds like a mercy killing. Hence why the judge suspended jail time. Go find something else to take your anger out on.
god fearer

Martinsville, VA

#41 Jul 11, 2013
WILL the Commonwealth's Attorney be bringing charges against the brutal dog butchers who call themselves 'hunters' and 'sportsmen' in the area?
god fearer

Martinsville, VA

#42 Jul 11, 2013
Scottsville wrote:
<quoted text>He's a freaking wack job and he is the one that hurt the dog and he cares so much he blames his own dogs. His dogs did not attack that dog. He could have called the ownwers and told them the dog had been hurt but you were there right? I am assuming you know what happened.
WRONG!, and IGNORANT.

We find dogs, and packs of dogs, running over the land where we live at Scottsville. It is posted land.

How can we call the owner(s)- as you suggest - when the dogs cannot be caught, and sometimes we have been able to get one in hand, there is no collar tag.

How about this: a law that every dog must be trained to obey the command from anyone 'Come here','sit','tell me your owner's phone number'.

That is about as realistic as your ignorant comment.

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