MENDOCINO Co., 6/28/19 — A man charged with illegally shooting at his neighbors dogs was sentenced to 180 days in jail today, according to an announcement from the Mendocino County District Attorney. The physician, Benjamin Hanna Meyer, plead guilty in April to two counts of felony animal abuse, and was ordered to surrender himself to Mendocino County jail on August 29. Meyer will also be forbidden to posses firearms or ammunition for the rest of his life.
You can read the previous description of the charges Meyer plead to here. The investigation indicated that the dogs were penned up in a neighbor’s yard when Meyer shot them.
Here’s the full announcement from the Mendocino County DA’s office:
Jail term ordered as part of probation
UKIAH, Fri., June 28. — A Potter Valley man convicted by plea of
shooting his neighbor’s two dogs while the dogs were inside of
a fenced pen was placed on supervised felony probation Friday
in Mendocino County Superior Court.
Defendant Benjamin Hanna Meyer, age 67, a local Ukiah
physician, was convicted by plea in April of two counts of felony
animal abuse. He also admitted his personal use of a firearm in
the commission of those felonies.
As part of his probation, Meyer on Friday was ordered to serve
180 days in the county jail, with a surrender date of Aug. 29. He
will also be prohibited for the remainder of his life from
possessing firearms and ammunition.
The prosecutor who has been handling the Meyer case is
Assistant DA Dale P. Trigg.
The law enforcement agencies responsible for gathering the
evidence in support of the prosecution were the Mendocino
County Sheriff’s Office, including the Sheriff’s Animal Control
Division, and the District Attorney’s own investigators.
The sentencing judge was Mendocino County Superior Court
Judge John Behnke.