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February court date set for retired Trooper accused of shooting and killing German Shepherd

By WKTV News

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - An Oneida County Court judge has set a February 14 trial date for the local man accused of killing another man's German Shepherd.

Retired New York State Trooper Anthony Randazzo was only in court for a few minutes - enough time for the County Court Judge Barry Donalty to set the trial date and agree to review the grand jury minutes in the case at the request of Randazzo's Attorney, Les Lewis.

Lewis has requested that Judge Donalty review the minutes of the case, paying special attention to one particular grad juror who talked at length about how people in the military are trained to handle dogs when they feel they're under attack.

Randazzo, of Holland Patent, is accused of of shooting and killing the German Shepherd at the Trenton Greenbelt Trails back in August. Randazzo rejected a plea deal in early November that would have given him three years probation. Now, he will face a trial and the possibility of spending two years in state prison if convicted.

He faces a felony-level animal cruelty charge. Besides the three years probation, the prosecution's plea offer included a $1,000 fine, restitution of $450 to Sperfeld for his veterinary bills, as well as an order of protection against Randazzo so that he could go no where near Bernard Sperfeld and finally, the forfeiture of Randazzo's pistol permit.

The dog's owner, Bernard Sperfeld, who was at the Oneida County Courthouse on Monday morning claims that Randazzo shot his three year old German Shepherd named 'Shadow' as part of a vendetta against him. Sperfeld says he had an argument with Randazzo's girlfriend in that very same area the night before, and the next night Sperfeld says she came to the park, this time with Randazzo.

Sperfeld says Randazzo was out of his vehicle and Randazzo's girlfriend was inside the vehicle, when Randazzo shot his dog for no reason from about 30 feet away. Randazzo has said he shot the dog in self defense, but Sperfeld says the dog posed no threat, and says it was an unprovoked attack that makes no sense, especially by a former police officer.

Sperfeld says that during the argument with Randazzo's girlfriend the night before, she threatened him by saying, "I've got connections, I've got connections. I'll take care of your dog and I'll take care of you."

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