Help Get a Meaningful Sentence for Dog Shooting

(Photo by Rob Swatski)

October 22, 2013 update: The defendant pleaded guilty and the case is over.

June 18, 2013: John Lake pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor count of Accessory to Cruelty to Animals. He was sentenced to one year in prison, to be suspended after 30 days, and three years probation.

March 5, 2013: John Lake’s application for the court’s accelerated rehabilitation program was denied because of his conviction in February 2005 of killing a deer without a permit. (Accelerated rehabilitation is a program that allows first time offenders charged with certain crimes to meet certain conditions over a supervised period of time. After successful completion, the charges are dismissed.)

While on a hunting trip, John Lake reportedly made a comment to his 13-year-old son about shooting dogs they had seen chasing deer. He incorrectly thought it was legal. On November 10, 2012, the Lakes were on a subsequent hunting trip when the boy saw the dogs chasing deer again, and he allegedly shot and killed three dogs with his rifle. On November 29, a neighbor familiar with the dogs discovered their bodies covered with leaves and brush in a gully. A Suffield police officer said that Lake allegedly disposed of the corpses because he panicked after realizing what his son had done.

The State’s Attorney has charged John Lake with the following:

  • 1 felony count of risk of injury to child
  • 1 misdemeanor count of accessory to cruelty to animals
  • 1 misdemeanor count of accessory to illegal discharge of firearm
  • 1 violation of illegal gun/bow hunting by minor

Take Action!

This action is now closed, but thanks to everyone who took action! This page is for informational purposes only.

Sign the petition to request that the State’s Attorney pursue a strong and meaningful sentence upon conviction.

If you live in Connecticut, please send a polite letter to the prosecutor, State’s Attorney Gail P. Hardy, thanking her office for charging John Lake and asking her to pursue a strong and meaningful sentence upon conviction.

The Honorable Gail P. Hardy, State’s Attorney
Hartford Judicial District
101 Lafayette Street
Hartford, CT 06106

Defendant: John B. Lake
Enfield Superior Court case # H13W-CR13-0163369-S

Locals are additionally encouraged to support the prosecution by attending the criminal proceedings. A hearing in the Lake case is currently scheduled for Tuesday, June 18, 2013 10:00 a.m. (Always contact the Court to confirm court dates and locations as they are subject to change.)

Enfield Superior Court (get directions)

Geographical Area 13

111 Phoenix Avenue
Enfield, CT 06082



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