Enfield Man Charged in Beagle-Shooting Incident in Suffield

John Lake is accused of having his teenage son shoot three dogs during a hunting incident in November.

An Enfield man has been charged in connection with a hunting incident in November that left three beagles dead.

John Lake, 54, of 28 Locke Dr., turned himself in at the Suffield Police Department Wednesday after learning of a warrant for his arrest, Police Chief Michael Manzi said

He was charged with cruelty to animals by complicity, unlawful discharge of a firearm by complicity, risk of injury to a minor and illegal hunting by a minor.

He was released on a $5,000 court-set bond, and is scheduled to appear in Enfield Superior Court on Jan. 15.

Lake's juvenile teenage son was the actual shooter of the dogs in the incident, which took place on private property on East Street South. The teenager is not being charged with any criminal action in the case, Manzi said.

The dogs, all beagles, were named Otis, Peaches and Lil Bit, according to an email Patch received in November from Dan Rollet, who said he found the dead animals on property off East Street South in Suffield on Nov. 10.

In November, Manzi said the dogs were reportedly chasing deer which were being hunted by the man and his son, and the boy shot and killed the dogs.

The dogs' owners, Richard Johnson and his son, Ray Shelton, called police after Rollet discovered the dead bodies.

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michael a smith January 15, 2013 at 09:24 AM
Tim Jensen January 15, 2013 at 12:35 PM
This thread has strayed from the topic at hand into childish bickering, so I have closed the comments for this story. - Tim


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