Portland man gets 15 days for killing neighbor’s dog

Michael Hutchison shot terrier with pellet gun for chasing rodents

A gavel is shown in a U.S. courtroom (MGN online)
A gavel is shown in a U.S. courtroom (MGN online)

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – A Portland man who shot a neighbor’s dog because the animal was chasing nutria he cared for was sentenced to 15 days in jail.

The Oregonian reports Wednesday that 60-year-old Michael Robert Hutchinson seemed nervous in Multnomah County Circuit Court as he pleaded no contest to felony first-degree aggravated animal abuse and misdemeanor possession of a loaded firearm in public.

The newspaper reports Hutchison lovingly cared for the nutria, a type of rodent that lived near his trailer. He’d feed them bread and scraps of food regularly.

But when in January he saw his neighbor’s 14-pound terrier mix dog chase after one of the semiaquatic rodents, he shot it with a pellet gun. The dog, named Marley, was one year old.

Hutchinson told the judge on Tuesday he was sorry he killed the dog.

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