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Old 02-05-2005, 01:40 AM
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Default ARRRGGGG!!! I hate malicious liars!!!

I hate it when people knowingly hide something and then try to cover their tracks later!! I hope this guy gets the max penalty and has to pay for the lost dog!![:@][:@]

If he really was trying to be honest, he would have called the person immediately, instead of cutting the collars off and throwing the dog in the back of his truck!![:@][:@]


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North Hall farmer Stanley Barnes says he'll go to court over his coon dog, Kate, and the Gwinnett County Sheriff's sergeant who shot her dead Christmas Eve.
"I just want to help other coon hunters," Barnes said. "Maybe it'll help keep some people from shooting other people's dogs."

The attorney for Sgt. Michael Mustachio maintains his client had a right to shoot the dog because it was being used to illegally hunt deer on land Mustachio's parents own. It also posed a threat to that family's pets, Dan Summer of Gainesville said.

Barnes scoffs at the stance. He said he doesn't hunt deer, nor did Kate, a 3-year-old treeing Walker hound he bought for $2,500.

"They're just grasping for everything they can," he said.

The Dec. 24 incident in the shadow of Wauka Mountain left Mustachio, 33, of Clermont charged with felony aggravated cruelty to animals. It also laid bare tensions between North Georgia hunting traditions and the region's modern-day growth.

'All about dogs'

Edward J. Boswell, Barnes' attorney and a veteran coon hunter from Greensboro, said that coon dogs being killed "happens way more often than it should."
Often, it is renegade deer hunters who shoot the dogs. But seldom do those pulling the trigger understand the investment in time, love and money these dogs represent, Boswell suggested.

Top hounds, valued for their "voice" and ability to sniff out a raccoon's trail and chase the animal up a tree, can sell for $20,000 to $50,000, he said.
But neither cash nor raccoons make the sport.

"It's all about the dogs," Boswell said. "It hasn't got anything at all to do with killing the coons. It's all about running the dogs, training the dogs, breeding the dogs."

Some raccoons are killed. The per-hunter limit is one a day, or night, which is when most coon hunting is done. The hunting season in Georgia's north zone this year runs from Oct. 15 to Feb. 28.

There's no shortage of prey. The adaptable, ring-tailed animals range from mountain forests to subdivision yards.

Development poses a greater threat to the sport.

Coon dogs don't follow property lines. Nor is their deep baying easily ignored. The common result is conflict. And North Hall, where the allure of large tracts and mountain views is turning farmland into house lots, isn't immune.

"Most of the time," Barnes said of hunts gone sour, "we take a big tongue-lashing and leave."

Treed, then shots
r>That didn't happen Christmas Eve.

The Barnes family runs generations deep where Hall, Lumpkin and White counties merge and winter sunsets color Wauka Mountain a fiery orange.

Barnes' modest house on a hill off Ransom Free Road overlooks chicken houses, cow pastures and the home his great-grandfather built. The 54-year-old man with a graying goatee and weathered face has hunted coons here for some 30 years.

A roofed dog pen behind the house holds six leggy Walker hounds, all quick to yowl. Artwork in the living room pictures raccoons and coon dogs.

Barnes said he figured he was in safe territory when he and buddies Donnie Maney and Brent Thomas, both of Cleveland, turned Kate and one of Maney's dogs loose at about 9 p.m. on a friend's nearby farm. Barnes bought Kate three weeks before, but had been "trying her out" for a few months.

Within 10 minutes, the dogs were trailing a coon, their barks moving toward Wauka Ridge Road, a thin road that branches off Ransom Free and up the base of Wauka Mountain.

The howls changed. The dogs had treed the coon, Barnes said. Then came a series of shots. He counted six or more.

His son-in-law, Chad Reed, said he heard the gunfire from his porch on Wauka Ridge. He went to a neighbor's house. There, Reed said he saw a spotlight shining in the woods near the home of Theodore and June Mustachio, Michael Mustachio's parents.
Barnes called Reed, who knew the Mustachios. They drove to the house.
Reed said a woman on the porch said they shot at the dogs to scare them off. Only one, Maney's dog, Lady, still was barking.

Barnes said he was told to pull out of the way for a Jeep Cherokee with a Gwinnett tag to leave.

Maney got permission to fetch Lady. He said he found her barking treed, paws on the trunk of a thick hardwood a stone's throw up the mountain behind the house. He said he didn't take time to search the tree for a raccoon.

The hunters went back to the road. Reed drove to a ridge to see if he could hear Kate. Barnes thought she might have crossed the ridge because her radio-tracking collar read weak on his receiver.

The collar, part of a system Barnes has used for about 10 years, has a clothesline-thick cable antenna. Many coon hunters depend on such systems to find their dogs. Barnes' beeps faster when the dog is closer.

Suddenly, the beeps intensified. Kate was near, Barnes said, somewhere near the Mustachio home.

'My dog's there'

At 10:23 p.m., Michael Mustachio had called the White County Sheriff's Office, complaining that Barnes was trespassing on his parents' property, an incident report shows. The house sits in the edge of White County.

Two deputies talked with Mustachio, Barnes and the others.

Mustachio told the deputies the dogs had been running around the house and he tried to scare them by shooting in their direction, but not at them, according to a follow-up report.

The deputies left. The hunters stayed, stamping at the 25-degree cold and trying to track Kate, sometimes calling for her.

Then the signal stopped completely. "I told the boys with me, my dog's up there and something just happened to the collar," Barnes recalled.

His group called the sheriff's office, and the two deputies came again. One went to the Mustachios.

When he returned, Maney said the deputy talked quietly with his partner, then showed the hunters the two collars cut from Kate and said, "The man killed your dog."
Maney and Thomas went to get the dog. Barnes, who was angry, stayed behind. Maney was directed to a pickup. He found Kate's body in two black plastic bags buried under other bags in the back, he said.

An autopsy Barnes had done at the University of Georgia says the dog died from a bullet that apparently entered at the neck and exited near the shoulder blade. The shot clipped the dog's throat, a rib and the spine, causing massive hemorrhaging.

Mustachio told deputies on the second visit that when they first came and only one dog was found, he thought he might have hit the other one. He found the dead hound in the woods, cut off the collars and put her in a bag in his truck, according to the second report.

His father clipped off the tracking antenna. The other collar had a plate stamped with Barnes' address and telephone.

Mustachio told deputies "he panicked when he found the dog because he was afraid of losing his job" and said "he was going to call us back out to tell us the truth."

Dog posed 'threat'

Mustachio was charged with aggravated assault on an animal Dec. 30. He was released on a $5,100 bond. He is on paid administrative leave while the Gwinnett Sheriff's Department completes its investigation, spokeswoman Stacey Kelley said.
Mustachio, a department employee since 1996, told his supervisors about the incident and did not use his county-issued Glock handgun, Kelley said. The internal affairs probe will be finished in about a week, she said.

If convicted of a felony, Mustachio will lose his job and can be jailed for one to five years and fined up to $15,000. Barnes also is planning a civil lawsuit.

State lawmakers added the felony animal charge in 2000. Aggravated cruelty means the suspect "knowingly or maliciously causes death or physical harm to an animal."
Kerry Bannister, assistant district attorney for the Enotah Judicial Circuit, said the circuit's district attorney will decide if the pending charge "rises to the level of aggravated assault."

If so, the case will go to a grand jury. The charge can be downgraded to a misdemeanor or dropped.

Hunter to blame

Mustachio's wife, Cindy, referred questions to Summer. He described Michael Mustachio as an "outstanding officer with an unblemished record."

Summer said Barnes is responsible for what happened. "The owner of the dog was illegally using his dog to hunt deer on Mr. Mustachio's property," he said. "The dog (also) was a threat to their family pet. ... As a result, the dog was shot and killed."
Michael Mustachio's parents have lost a cat, Summer said, and encountered other problems with area dogs. The Mustachios were enjoying a family gathering Christmas Eve.

He declined further detailed comment.

Summer also said he has successfully defended two other area police officers in dog shooting cases. Both misdemeanor cases were acquittals.

One involved a Gainesville police officer who shot a neighbor's chained dog 11 days after it mauled his daughter. The case drew national television coverage.

Disputed accounts

State law allows a person to kill a dog when it poses a threat to him or his property, including animals. A collarless dog that is pursuing or killing a deer where it's illegal to do so also can be killed.

Hunting deer with dogs, which is done in daylight, is legal only in some South Georgia counties.

There have been cases of "deer-dogging" in Northeast Georgia, although they're less common than before, said Sgt. Johnny Johnson of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.

Not so rare, Johnson said, are incidents in which property owners shoot dogs, often for running livestock. Seldom are coon dogs involved, he said.

Barnes, Maney and Reed said the Mustachios never mentioned concerns about pets or deer, only about the barking.

Barnes points to the cut collars as key evidence.

Boswell said he'll file a lawsuit seeking compensatory damages to cover the dog's value, and punitive damages, which tend to penalize the defendant.

Barnes said the suit isn't about money. He plans to donate any awards beyond Kate's price to the Humane Society of Hall County.

The issue is sending a message for coon hunters.

"If something's not done about it," Barnes said, "we all may as well quit."
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Old 02-05-2005, 04:13 AM
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Many folks here in the area are actually hoping for something a bit more severe than paying for the dog. A public hanging has been suggested in some circles while others just want to shoot him. Those a bit more circumspect have suggested horse whipping followed by tar and feathers and a ride out of town on a rail.
Having said that, the other side of the coin is that a lot of coon hunters are not all that considerate of the property rights of others. It is well known that neither coons or coon dogs can read worth a flip and apparently coon hunters aren't real good at it either. The coons and dogs I can forgive this minor discrepancy, but the hunters seem to insist on setting their dogs out in areas adjacent to privatly owned, usually posted property then whining that age old song when they get complaints filed. Here in North Georgia, White, Hall, Lumpkin, Dawson, Habersham, Union and Townes counties to name a few in the vicinity of this incident, there are hundreds of thousands of acres of public land available for coon hunting. Most of it is National forest or WMA and access is fairly easy to gain to areas far enough away from homes to prevent straying onto private property, they don't seem to care, or at least some of them. The problem isn't even the dogs occaisionally treeing under your bedroom window, but the damage caused by the hunters tearing down fences, breaking gates and tearing up fields with 4WD vehicles in an attempt to retrieve their dogs or get to a treed coon. It would go a long way toward aleviating these conflicts if the coon hunters chose their hunting areas a little more carefully and when their dogs do go onto private property, go through the proper procedures to get them.
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Old 02-05-2005, 08:00 AM
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"he was going to call us back out to tell us the truth."
Yeah, sure he was. And Jackson thought Hustler was a dance magazine

"The owner of the dog was illegally using his dog to hunt deer on Mr. Mustachio's property," he said. "The dog (also) was a threat to their family pet. ... As a result, the dog was shot and killed."
Wrong, it was legal to hunt coons that night, wasn't it ? Also, anyone who knows coon dogs know they aint going to kill the family pet when on a coon trail. The dog was shot and killed as a result ? Thats premeditated, after saying he fired warning shots ?

I can see a man losing his job here very easily, just like he feared
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Old 02-06-2005, 03:46 AM
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It sounds like he was not so much trying to cover up the fact that he had killed a dog but was instead trying to cover up behavior that could have easily resulted in him having killed a person. You would think that it would have occured to him while he was blazing away into the darkness at what he surely knew to be hunting dogs that there were probably hunters nearby that could have been hit by one of his errant shots. When this did dawn on him and he realized that his employer would consider his actions reckless and irresponsable and totally inconsistant with the behavior expected of a police officer, he probably decided he had to dispose of any evidence that he was shooting at hunting dogs and thereby possibly endangering the hunters. He should consider himself lucky he is only facing cruelty to animal charges, it could easily have been homicide.

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Old 02-06-2005, 04:22 AM
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Californiadoctor, He was trying to cover up the killing of the dog for sure, the indiscriminate shooting ocurred regardless of whether the dog had been killed or not and the fact that he was shooting with a spotlight insured that it was not so indiscriminate.
As a LEO in North Georgia, this guy knows the laws as well as any Game Warden in the area and once he killed the dog he tried to hide it under garbage in the truck in two garbage bags no less. I know the DNR Wardens that were called out on this, one of them lives within lives within sight and hearing of Wauka Mountain and I'm sure this guy was aware of that as well (this is still a small community) and a phone call could have straightened everything out more civily. I believe that he figured that as a LEO he would be able to, at worst, use his tin to get him out of any disagreeable situation that might arise.
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Californiadoctor, He was trying to cover up the killing of the dog for sure, the indiscriminate shooting ocurred regardless of whether the dog had been killed or not and the fact that he was shooting with a spotlight insured that it was not so indiscriminate.
As a LEO in North Georgia, this guy knows the laws as well as any Game Warden in the area and once he killed the dog he tried to hide it under garbage in the truck in two garbage bags no less. I know the DNR Wardens that were called out on this, one of them lives within lives within sight and hearing of Wauka Mountain and I'm sure this guy was aware of that as well (this is still a small community) and a phone call could have straightened everything out more civily. I believe that he figured that as a LEO he would be able to, at worst, use his tin to get him out of any disagreeable situation that might arise.
Personally, I hope he rots.
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I hope he is convicted and loses his job. Then I hope he has to pay the guy for the dog and then I hope he gets a harsh verdict in the civil suit.
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I hope he is convicted and loses his job. Then I hope he has to pay the guy for the dog and then I hope he gets a harsh verdict in the civil suit.
That too. But I want the felony to stick most of all.
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Dang Stealthydatacatmax !
I can't quit staring at your sig pic !
What was the topic ?
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I feel sorry for the dog...he lost the most out of 'em all....
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