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New Hartford Hunter Faces Animal Cruelty Charge

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – State environmental officials have increased the charges against a New Hartford hunter who posted the killing of a deer on YouTube.

A spokesman for the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection said Monday that Anthony Piana will be charged with animal cruelty in addition to violations of hunting rules.

The Republican American reports that Piana had no comment when reached by telephone.

He was charged two weeks ago with failing to report a deer kill within 24 hours, as required. He paid a $100 fine by mail.

Cruelty to animals is typically applied to domestic animals and is a violation of criminal law. A conviction carries a penalty of up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000.
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Information from: Republican-American, http://www.rep-am.com

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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