DANSVILLE – Todd Hall, the man who shot and killed his neighbor’s dog ‘Emmitt’ in October was not indicted by the grand jury who heard his case. The incident ignited a firestorm of animal rights activism after ‘Emmitt’ jumped his fence and was on Hall’s property and shot dead.
District Attorney Greg McCaffrey presented evidence from the incident to a jury of 23 randomly selected members of the Livingston County community, and they decided that Hall should not be charged with a crime about the incident. The DA now cannot charge Hall with a crime regarding the incident.
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“Every bit of relevant evidence was presented to the Grand Jury,” said McCaffrey. “I respect the decision, whether I agree with Hall’s actions or not. The Grand Jury is not burdened to say whether or not they approve of Mr. Hall’s actions, their burden is to say whether or not Mr. Hall’s actions were criminal or not.”
Hall says that the dog was in attack mode when he ran across the yard toward him and the shooting was done in self defense. The GeneseeSun.com did contact Hall at his home after the incident in October, and he was confident from the beginning that he would not be prosecuted.
“This doesn’t look bad for me,” said Hall. “Just wait till the police report comes out. You will see the people involved.”
Justice for Emmitt, the Facebook page that led social media protests and even started an petition to force law enforcement to take action against Hall, put out an understanding message on their page following the decision.
“We hope all of you keep your pets safe from the same outcome we have had to endure” says the Justice for Emmit page. “Emmitt got out of his fence…We are ultimately responsible!!! We truly are grateful and wish you all a Happy Holiday season with your families.”
PHOTO CAPTION: Emmitt. File photo.