Villenova man charged with torturing animals

VILLENOVA – A Villenova man was charged with torturing animals after a neighbor dispute Sunday.

According to the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded to a neighbor dispute. The complainant, who is a farmer who raises muskovy ducks to sell, said he arrived home to find one of his ducks shot dead.

Upon further investigation it was found David M. O’Connor, 51, of Forestville, the complainant’s neighbor allegedly shot the duck with a .22 rifle long gun.

O’Connor was issued tickets for prohibitions on the use and possession of fire arms (within 500 feet of a residence) and overdriving as well as torturing and injuring animals. He will appear in the Villenova Town Court at a later date.