Neighbor shoots pig, owner charged

NORTHFIELD — After a neighbor shot and killed a pig that wandered onto his property, police say they have now filed multiple charges against the pig’s owner.

On October 4, Donald Smith called the police to report his pig had been shot.

Smith called a Warden from VT Fish and Game and advised the pig was on the road, which police say it was not at the time that it was shot.

Bernard Atwood, 75, of Northfield, will be referred to restorative justice for cruelty to animals, referencing shooting an animal that was not owned by him.

Police say Smith has continually left his vehicles on the road in front of his home causing an obstruction to vehicular traffic as well as allowing his animals to go to his neighbors’ property and be in the roadway over time.

Northfield Police say they have received several complaints about this activity.

Smith was cited for aggravated disorderly conduct, criminal threatening, disorderly conduct, animals running at large on land or premise of another, and false information to law.

Republished from Newport Dispatch

Categories: Crime

4 replies »

  1. Donnie smith is trouble maker and a blight on Northfield! His animals are kept in substandard conditions, it’s no wonder they always escape. It’s only a matter of time before the choke point he creates by parking cars in the road gets someone hurt!

  2. Proud of yourself Atwood? Another real “tough” guy shooting & killing an innocent animal which doesn’t understand or cannot acknowledge the reality of borders – just like your president Biden.

    Instead of involving the police, animal rescue organizations and/or the purported “troublemaker” you end the life of an innocent.

    Sorry, real humans PROTECT animals, not intentionally harm them & make them suffer. And anyone who disagrees with that for ANY reason – is as big a pinhead as…….BIDEN.

    • I was wondering, who is going to get the bacon?

      Clearly nobody has seen how quickly a pig can destroy a lawn?

      Wouldn’t triple damages be the most someone should be charged? Vermont is more crazy than the people involved with this…..would be interesting to do a news coverage story on this incident, showing the biases and investigatory skills of all the journalists in Vermont. Bet there is wide discrepancy…

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