Evidence presented next week, fundraiser underway for "Friends of Shadow"

By WKTV News

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - The man whose German Shepherd was shot and killed in the Trenton Greenbelt Park in August will find out next week if the case will go to trial. Bernard Sperfeld says Shadow was shot by a retired state trooper on August 24th 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.

A special prosecutor will present evidence at Grand Jury on October 12th, when it will be decided if there is enough evidence to bring the case to trial.

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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