Hunter Charged With Killing Man’s Dogs Is Fired From Job

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BELMONT COUNTY, Ohio — A hunter accused of shooting and killing an Ohio man’s two beloved dogs now faces charges – and he’s lost his job as well.

According to court records, Michael Chedester, of St. Clairsville, faces two counts of cruelty to animals. His arraignment is set for Dec. 8th. The charges are the first of their kind under a newly-passed law.

Pete Byers, the owner of the dogs named Bella and Emmy, first posted about the situation on Monday and it quickly spread on social media.

Byers told WTOV that he was getting ready to head to Pittsburgh with his dogs for a work trip when they disappeared Monday.

A search group assembled and eventually found Chedester, who had a tree stand in the area. Byers said he asked Chedester if he killed the dogs. He said the hunter admitted to shooting them and offered to “buy him two new ones.”

Byers said he found his dogs in a brush pile near the tree stand after spotting Emmy’s paw sticking out from under the logs. According to WTOV, Chedester told authorities that the dogs had chased a deer past his stand at least three times. The third time, he said, they stopped under his stand.

Chedester then allegedly shot one of the dogs. Belmont County Prosecutor Dan Fry said he believes the bullet that hit that dog also hit the second dog. Then Chedester allegedly shot the second dog.

The charges were filed Wednesday.

WTOV reports that Chedester has also been fired from his forestry supervisor job with American Electric Power.

A statement from AEP to WTOV says: “AEP expects the highest level of conduct from our employees, both on the job and outside of work. We are saddened by the situation that unfolded this week involving an off-duty AEP Ohio employee and the death of the two dogs. This individual is no longer employed by AEP.”


  • Lloyd Schmucatelli

    That’s legal for him to do if he was here in PA. I’m kind of sick of hearing about companies making moral stands like this too.

    • lizzy

      Only self-defense or if they are killing your livestock. Only a giant flaming pussy kills family pets, though I agree that letting your dogs roam is VERY irresponsible.

    • Kristi Alls Jones

      How could you side with this guy….and “hunter” is not a term I would use for him. He killed these PETS for sport or some sadistic reason I don’t understand. If he was being attacked it MIGHT be a different story, but he did it for fun. Come on.

    • Rene

      Doug are you sick?? This is a cruel act of insanity.. anyone who would do this should be shot them selves under these circumstances!

  • Julie Brosius, Sunbury

    This example of cruelty together with other heinous acts against any and all animals is why Libre’s Law should be passed – and may I add, not watered-down – to make animal cruelty a felony in Pennsylvania. The law became packaged into House Bill 869 with other animal cruelty laws.
    It is documented that cruelty to animals at some point escalated to cruelty to humans. Jeffrey Dahmer and John Wayne Gacy come to mind.
    WHY the delay lawmakers in Harrisburg?

  • Hope you go to jail

    And this idiot has a rifle. He should take an NRA hunters course and look carefully at the Deer Pictures.
    Hunting is not for everyone

    • Sandiesucks

      Does it really matter anyway Sandie???? If they weren’t that gave this man the right to shoot them? You are garbage

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