Grand Jury hears case of retired trooper accused of shooting man's dog

By JOLEEN FERRIS

TRENTON, N.Y. (WKTV) - An Oneida County Grand Jury heard the case Wednesday of a retired New York State Trooper who is accused of shooting a Utica man's pet German Shepherd in August at the Trenton Greenbelt Trails.

New York State Police were investigating retired trooper Anthony Randazzo in the shooting of the dog, named Shadow.

Bernard Sperfeld says Shadow was shot by Randazzo on August 24 while he was walking his dog.

Sperfeld claims that the day before, he'd encountered a woman he'd seen there a few times riding a mountain bike, and that he told her bikes were prohibited. Sperfeld claims the woman became angry, and told him she had 'connections' and would take care of him and his dog.

The next day, Sperfeld claims Anthony Randazzo, whom he'd seen with the woman before, came to the Greenbelt Trails. Sperfeld says Shadow ran toward the man, but never got closer than 30-40 feet when Randazzo allegedly shot the dog, disabling him. Sperfeld says 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.

The Oneida County Grand Jury is scheduled to report Thursday, at which time it will be learned if they chose to indict, or, formally charge Randazzo with a crime.

The Stevens-Swan Humane Society is holding a fundraiser to help cover Shadow's vet bills and to erect a plaque in his honor at the park. That will be held October 15th at Pet Supplies Plus in New Hartford.

That will take place from 11am to 2pm during the store's adopt-a-thon. Donations are also being accepted by mail.

Checks can be made out to "Friends of Shadow" and sent to 10282 Hinman Road, Holland Patent, NY 13354.

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