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Police investigate farmer shooting dogs that attacked deer

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WINGATE, Pa. (AP) - State police say they've investigating after a central Pennsylvania farmer shot two dogs who attacked his deer, killing one of the animals.

But troopers tell WJAC-TV that the farmer could be justified if they confirm his version of events.

The farmer, Steve Stern, says he ordered two employees to shoot the dogs injured two deer and killed a third. That animal had its neck broken and it was chewed up in the face and hindquarters.

Stern says he has about 50 deer on his farm near Wingate, Centre County, and that people have been criticizing him on social media sites since the dogs were shot on Tuesday.

But police say Stern has a right to protect his livestock, and the farmer says he won't prosecute if police determine who owns the dogs.

Information from: WJAC-TV, http://www.wjactv.com

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