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Dog shooting incident leads to felony charges 

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by Joseph Gresser

NEWPORT — A pair of calls, each about the killing of a dog in Troy, reached the Derby State Police barracks at the same time on Friday.

According to Trooper Brian Connor, the first came from Michael C. Liberta, who said his dog attacked his chickens and he shot it with a Glock handgun.  The second, Trooper Connor’s affidavit says, came from a girl who said Mr. Liberta shot her dog and was going to shoot her mother.

Trooper Connor said a dispatcher radioed him as he drove to Troy and said they spoke with Mr. Liberta, who said he would shoot anyone who tried to tell him what to do….

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