$300 Fine For Man Who Killed Neighbor’s Dog


A Lackawanna County family says justice wasn’t served after their neighbor pleaded guilty Wednesday to shooting and killing their dog.

Gerald Snyder of Greenfield Township was accused of shooting a dog named “Toby” twice in January and then leaving the dog’s remains under a milk crate.

Eyewitness News first told you about Toby’s death in January when the dog’s owners were looking into how and why Toby was killed.

Inside the Lackawanna County courthouse, Snyder admitted his role in the dog’s death, entering a guilty plea to one count.

He was then immediately given his punishment: a $300 fine.

Snyder ignored questions as he left the courthouse in Scranton after entering his plea to a disorderly conduct charge.

Toby was shot along Pierce Road in Greenfield Township.

“I didn’t even look at him. I didn’t even look at him. He’s not worthy of my time,” Toby’s owner Tracey Kaminsky said.

The Kaminsky family was in court Wednesday.

They considered Toby to be one of their family members.

Toby was found shot to death behind Snyder’s home and a milk crate had been placed over his body.

“It’s a wound that is never going to be sealed,” Toby’s owner Krissy Kaminsky said.

The mystery of who shot Toby was solved only after Humane Society Officer Sandy Scala found a 9 mm shell casing near the dog’s body.

While she knows the fine for the crime is small, she says the conviction will stay on Snyder’s record.

For Scala, solving this case was personal.

“It was very personal. I’m glad that I found everything, it was a team effort and it all worked out for the best,” Scala said.

In court papers, Snyder told investigators he killed Toby after the dog fought with his dog but investigators say that story doesn’t match evidence they discovered.

For the Kaminsky family, they say a $300 fine isn’t justice.

“We still think he’s there. I’ll come home and be like, Toby, but he’s not there,” Tracey Kaminsky said.

While disappointed in the punishment, the Kaminsky family says they are happy to have this ordeal over with.

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