Roseburg man charged in shooting of 3 sheep dogs

PRINEVILLE, Ore. (AP) - A Roseburg man and his brother face criminal mischief and animal abuse charges in the shooting of three sheep dogs.

The Great Pyrenees dogs were killed in late August when 59-year-old Craig Johnson of Bend and 66-year-old Paul Johnson of Roseburg were hunting in the Ochoco Mountains.

KTVZ reports they told deputies they thought they were wild dogs.

They didn't know about a large number of sheep being grazed in the area.

A Crook County grand jury indicted the brothers on Friday.

The dogs' owner, Gordon Clark of Madras, estimated their value at $7,500.

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Information from: KTVZ-TV, http://www.ktvz.com/

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