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Man arrested for killing a dog speaks
West Sparta, N.Y. -- Andrew Keiffer, 42, calls himself an animal lover and says he was arrested for political reasons. Keiffer is accused of shooting two family dogs, killing one of them.
The two dogs were found in the woods behind their owner's West Sparta home back in January. Investigators worked with state police and other agencies to uncover evidence that now charges Andrew Keiffer with felony animal cruelty.
"He's accused of killing his neighbor's dog which is a felony animal cruelty," said Livingston County Sheriff Thomas Dougherty. "I'm an animal lover, I have my own adopted dogs and I know a lot of people in Livingston County love their dogs much like any place and we just won't tolerate that."
But Keiffer said he's a dog lover too and owns a rescue dog and goats.
He lived about a mile from the dog owners and he says he feel for them but he's being framed for political reasons.
Keiffer's the past chairman of the town's Republican Party, supported Dougherty's opponent, and plans to run against him in the next election.
"It portrays me to be a monster. I would never, ever, intentionally hurt a family animal," says Keiffer. "They're trying to discredit me. I'm sure this is politically motivated. I'm going to fight these charges 100%. I'm going to be found innocent and we'll go from there. I'm going to continue to run for Sheriff, Mr. Dougherty has spent and ungodly amount of money."
Keiffer admitted he was arrested a week ago by state police for filing a false police report and tampering with evidence.
Sources say that case deals in some way with dead goats.
When asked about Keiffer's accusation, Dougherty told 13WHAM he was unaware Keiffer wanted to run for sheriff. Dougherty also said it's not going to change how he conducts police investigations and this was a proper arrest.