A Middlebury man has been charged with allegedly killing two German shepherds belonging to his neighbor. Jason Paul Stefanowicz, 49, of Middlebury Center was charged by Pennsylvania State Police on Nov. 18 with two counts of aggravated cruelty to animals resulting in death or serious bodily injury, both third-degree felonies.
State police were called to Stefanowicz’s home on French Hill Road, Farmington Township, on Sept. 27. There, Stefanowicz reportedly told police that from inside his home, he witnessed two German shepherds barking and running along the fence of a deer enclosure on his property.
He said he recognized the dogs as belonging to his neighbor. Stefanowicz told police the deer were running erratically inside the fence and attempting to escape the enclosure.
He said he observed one deer limping and another caught in the fence wire. According to reports, Stefanowicz then exited his home and fired one round from a 22-250 rifle into each dog, killing both animals. He reportedly stood 50 yards from the dogs when he shot.
Stefanowicz said he checked on the deer at this time and observed blood on multiple fence posts and one deer with a bloody nose. Upon their arrival, police observed an entry wound on each dogs’ body, which were laying approximately 4-15 feet from the deer enclosure fence.
Police reported that there was no damage to the enclosure fence that would have allowed the dogs to gain entry.
Stefanowicz was arraigned on Nov. 20 by Magisterial District Judge Robert Repard in Wellsboro and posted $10,000 unsecured bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Dec. 17 before Judge James Edgcomb in Elkland.