ELKO – A Spring Creek man was booked and released from Elko County Jail on Monday, accused of shooting and killing a dog that had been attacking his chickens.

James R. Wrenfrow, 73, was arrested after being arraigned in Elko Justice Court on charges of injuring an animal and unlawful discharge of a firearm.

Undersheriff Ron Supp said the case is typical of the type of dog problems that have plagued the sprawling community. He said Wrenfrow had reported a dog was killing his chickens, but when he shot the dog it was not on his property.

“Technically, if a dog is actively attacking your livestock you can kill it,” Supp said, but in this case it was walking down the road. It is also unlawful to fire a weapon on a public street.

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The sheriff’s office has been working with the Spring Creek Association to study ways to control animal problems. Most cases involve dogs running at large, sometimes biting people or pets. Offenders could be issued a citation or be fined by the association.

“One thing people can do to avoid these things is make sure their dog stays home,” Supp advised.

Animal cruelty charges such as this one can result in jail time up to six months and fines up to $1,000.

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