Tonawanda News

October 23, 2012

City cops sniff out skunk killer

Staff Reports
The Tonawanda News

Tonawanda News — A City of Tonawanda man was arrested for killing a caged skunk in his backyard and sending errant bullets into the side of his neighbors house. 

John D. Dolnacki, 47, allegedly told police that he had trapped the skunk himself in the backyard of his Broad Street residence and shot the animal several times with a pellet gun. 

Lt. Fredric Foels said police received a call from a concerned Morgan Street resident Sunday when she found what appeared to be three bullet holes in her siding. 

“He told the officer that he captured the skunk and tried to kill it with five shots from his pellet rifle ... three of the shots hit the house on Morgan Street,” he said. 

As a result, Dolnacki was charged with criminal mischief, reckless endangerment and discharging a weapon within city limits, an ordinance violation. 

Dolnacki told police he had a rash of problems with skunks entering his yard. After killing the animal he disposed of it on Two Mile Creek Road, police said. Foels said the officers figured out where the projectiles came from and questioned Dolnacki, though he told them he didn’t realize he missed his target. 

“It wasn’t like he had it out for the neighbor, I just don’t think he had good aim,” Foels said. “He was remorseful and upset when he found out. It wasn’t intentional, but the incident fell under the parameters of being reckless.”  

Dolnacki was released on an appearance ticket.