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A Fayetteville man is facing charges after police say he shot a dog while the owner and two children were nearby.

According to the Pennsylvania State Police at Gettysburg, Steven Hertzler, 58, is facing charges of recklessly endangering another person, simple assault, terroristic threats and aggravated cruelty to animals after the Sept. 21 incident in Adams County.

Police say they were called to the 2800 block of Pine Grove Road in Franklin Township for a report of a dog that had been shot. They found a 1-year-old German shepherd with a gunshot wound to her neck and shoulder area. She was taken to a nearby animal hospital, where she had to be euthanized.

According to investigators, Hertzler fired a single shot from a .44 Magnum revolver when the German shepherd was sniffing his dogs through a fence. He told police he thought she was attacking his dogs, police say.

When he fired, the dog’s owner and two children, who are 10 and 3, were “down range,” police say.

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