The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


December 3, 2012

Dog shooter pleads guilty

DANVILLE — It took Suzanne Thomas a while to admit Monday morning she willfully and maliciously shot and killed a neighbor’s dog.

Thomas, 57, of Derry Township, told Columbia-Montour Counties President Judge Thomas James Jr. she was pleading guilty to shooting and killing Georgia, a yellow Labrador on Jan. 21.

The judge asked her if she was pleading guilty to tying the dog to a tree and shooting her three times in the head with a .22-caliber rifle.

“I didn’t shoot the dog three times. I did shoot the animal,” Thomas told the judge.

“It was a killer dog. It had killed my animal,” Thomas said.

The judge asked her again if she willfully and maliciously killed a domesticated dog. “She admitted it,” her attorney Kim Hill said.

“I don’t consider it malicious — it was self-defense,” Thomas said. “The dog killed my pet in front of me.”

“The plea has to be knowingly and willingly and voluntary or else it shouldn’t be done,” the judge told Thomas.

When he asked again, she replied, “yes, sir.”

She pleaded guilty to cruelty to animals. It carries a maximum penalty of five years in jail and a $10,000 fine.

Thomas claims Georgia and her puppy, Tank, broke into her rabbit pen and killed the rabbit.

James ordered a check of her record. She will be sentenced later.

Text Only
  • Budd fundraising run to pass Geisinger

    MILTON — It’s “kickstands up” tomorrow at 12:30 p.m. from LT’s Tavern on Route 405 in Milton where hundreds of motorcycles will take off on a run to raise funds for the Budds, the Ohio family whose matriarch, Sharon, recovers at Geisinger Medical Center from grave injuries suffered in a rock-throwing incident two weeks ago.

    July 25, 2014

  • eyebrows.jpg Coming Sunday: Browsing for brows

    As makeup sales soar, four tips to make your eyebrows raise others'. Coming Sunday

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Attorneys seek $28G more from Line Mountain in wrestling case

    WILLIAMSPORT — The legal fee issue between the Line Mountain School District and the Beattie family, which successfully sued the district to allow seventh-grader Audriana Beattie to participate on the all-male wrestling team, is not over.

    July 24, 2014

  • Driver to police: 'Just shoot me'

    WATSONTOWN — A Turbotville man has been charged with making terroristic threats and disturbing the peace after he allegedly threatened to shoot people in a bar and said he had a weapon.

    July 24, 2014

  • New panel of officers installed by CSIU directors

    MONTANDON — A new executive team was installed at Wednesday night’s Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit meeting, as the terms of the present leadership expired this month. Act 102 of 1970, which first created 29 IUs in Pennsylvania, requires  intermediate unit directors to elect board of director officers annually in July.

    July 24, 2014

  • Geisinger, Highmark deal moving ahead

    DANVILLE — A five-year extension of the contract between Geisinger Health System and Highmark Inc. won’t be affected by a dispute last year over Highmark allegedly undervaluing Geisinger’s health plan and charging certain plan holders more for care at Geisinger facilities.

    July 24, 2014

  • Pickleball players get game on

    SUNBURY — Jan Dockey has been asking the City Council for three months to consider creating a pickleball court.

    July 24, 2014

  • $23 million sweep under way

    After years of finger-pointing and blame, Northumberland County officials have launched an initiative to try to collect $22.8 million in unpaid fines and restitution from what might be 14,000 cases.

    July 24, 2014

  • Mazzeo a finalist for Middletown post

    Former Sunbury police chief Steve Mazzeo is one of three finalists for the same position in a borough about 65 miles away.

    July 24, 2014

  • rundown25zope.jpg Blighted block going bye-bye in Atlas

    Nearly an entire township block in Atlas will be torn down in Mount Carmel Township, utilizing funds from Northumberland County and its Housing Authority in an effort to fight blight. Half of this block is proposed to be developed as low-income senior living units.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

The Daily Marquee

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.