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Evidence will be sent for grand jury action in case of ex-trooper accused of shooting dog

By JOLEEN FERRIS

TRENTON, N.Y. (WKTV) - The special prosecutor in the case of a Utica man's pet German Shepherd that was shot to death says he will send all the evidence in the case to a grand jury for possible indictment.

Prosecutor Christopher Pelli expects to do that in the next two weeks. The dog's owner claims that former New York State Trooper Anthony Randazzo shot the dog last month at the Trenton Greenbelt Trails.

The dog's owner said Randazzo shot and killed the dog as part of a vendetta against him. Oneida County District Attorney Scott McNamara said he wanted to avoid any appearance of impropriety considering the fact that the alleged shooter is a former law enforcement officer, and thus assigned Pelli to the case as a special prosecutor.

Owner Bernard Sperfeld says he walked his dog Shadow every day and that the day before the incident, he'd encountered a woman he'd seen at the trails a few times riding a mountain bike, and that he told her the bikes were prohibited. Sperfeld said the woman became angry, and told him she had 'connections' and would take care of him and his dog.

The next day, Sperfeld said Anthony Randazzo, whom he'd seen with the woman before, came to the Greenbelt Trails and that as Shadow ran toward Randazzo, he was shot before he could get closer than 30-40 feet. The first shot disabled the dog, and then, Sperfeld said Randazzo walked toward the dog and shot him again, at close range. Signs at the trails say that dogs must be kept under control at all times, but do not specify that they must be leashed.

Sperfeld says he became so despondent over the dog's death that he thought about taking his own life. Now he wants to see justice for his former pet.

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