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Roseburg brothers plead no contest in sheepdog shootings in Prineville


Brothers fined for shooting dogs

A Roseburg man and his brother have been sentenced to probation and ordered to pay $500 fines for killing three Great Pyrenees sheepdogs in the Ochoco National Forest northeast of Prineville.

Paul Johnson, 67, and his brother, Craig Johnson, 60, of Bend pleaded no contest Tuesday in Prineville to misdemeanor animal abuse. Besides the fines and probation, they must forfeit the hunting rifle used to shoot the dogs and each do 80 hours of community service.

The Bulletin newspaper of Bend reports the brothers shot the dogs in August 2012 while hunting elk. Gordon Clark of Madras owned the dogs and used them to protect grazing sheep from predators.

Crook County District Attorney Daina Vitolins says the brothers blamed Clark for failing to post signs that his flock was grazing nearby. But the DA says the sheep owner had posted signs.

Craig Johnson is a retired Oregon State Police trooper.

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