West end dog shooting brings criminal charges

ISHPEMING – A 62-year-old Ishpeming man was arrested Thursday after he allegedly shot and killed a dog inside Ishpeming city limits Sunday, mistaking it for a coyote.

According to the Ishpeming City Police Department, at approximately 6:40 p.m. Sunday, a man and woman reported at the Ishpeming police station that a coyote hunter had shot their dog as they were walking on Cliffs Drive near the access road to Suicide Ski Hill.

Police said the dog was not on a leash and was about 10 yards in front of the owner when it was shot.

The dog, a thoroughbred Weimaraner, was wearing a yellow reflective vest and an orange collar at the time of the shooting.

Police said when the suspect was questioned, he said he mistook the dog for a coyote, also stating he did not see the yellow vest or orange collar due to low light conditions.

Police said the Marquette County Prosecutor’s Office reviewed the case and authorized a charge of careless discharge of a firearm/property damage over $50, a one-year misdemeanor that carries a fine of up to $500.

The suspect was arrested and released after posting bond.

His name is not being released pending his 1:30 p.m., Jan. 21 arraignment in 96th District Court.

Police said the area where the shooting occurred is a wooded area located inside city limits. Police said there is an ordinance in place in Ishpeming prohibiting the discharge of firearms or the shooting of a bow and arrow within city limits, effectively barring any type of hunting within the city.

Jackie Stark can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 242.