US father and son plead guilty to shooting neighbour's dog because it was 'annoying'

The father then harassed the dog's owner in the street after it was killed 

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A father and son in the US have pleaded guilty to killing a neighbour's dog because the father found in annoying.

David James Walkoski was irritated by the barking of a seven-year-old black Labrador that was chained in a neighbour's garden.

He then paid his son, Derek James Walkoski, $500 (£305) to shoot the dog named Paws.

Derek Walkoski fired at the dog in April 2012, the bullet passing through the animal into a recycling bin behind it.

The pair was arrested in early 2013.

The younger Walkoski also has a number of previous convictions and is a self-proclaimed methamphetamine addict.

The case's prosecutor, Matthew Semritc, said that although Derek was a willing participant, he was easily influenced by his father because of his addiction.

David Walkoski “tried to take advantage of his son,” Semritc said.

After Derek shot and killed the dog, his father met him at a strip club so he could pay him.

61-year-old Walkoski Sr pleaded guilty to first-degree aggravated animal abuse, and to violating a court order to stay away from the dead dog’s owner.

Following the shooting, David Walkoski drove past his neighbour, made an offensive hand-gesture and threatened to “kick his ass”. He will be sentenced on 6 January.

Derek Walkoski, aged 30, pleaded guilty to first-degree aggravated animal abuse, being a felon in possession of a firearm, and recklessly endangering another person.

The younger Walkoski appeared remorseful during his court appearance, and said: “I just want to apologise for everything I've done."