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Local chiropractor accused of shooting dog while at party

A well-known chiropractor in Westmoreland County is facing felony animal cruelty charges after police say he shot at a dog seven times.

Monessen police said Dr. James Scirotto was at a birthday party on Marion Avenue several houses down from where the dog lives.

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According to court documents, the dog was running around and barking at people. In response, Scirotto allegedly pulled out a gun that had been stuffed down the front of his pants and fired several shots at the dog. He then allegedly chased the dog to where it lived on Hillcrest Avenue and shot the dog in its yard.

The dog, a 5-year-old named Honda, is now recovering at home after undergoing surgery for a wound from a bullet that went through his back leg.