Police: Convicted dog killer threatened to kill family, burn down home
A Dillsburg-area man who avoided jail time for killing his parents' dog a year ago is now in York County Prison for allegedly threatening to kill three family members and burn down the family home.
Dallas H. Weigel, 22, of South York Road in Warrington Township, is locked up on $800,000 bail, charged with making terroristic threats, harassment and criminal mischief, according to court records.
He became violent about 11 a.m. July 31 after his family told him they "wanted to take him to another recovery house," documents state.
Weigel threatened to kill his father, mother and 19-year-old sister and burn down their home, where Weigel also resides, state police allege.
He punched the home's front-door window pane until his knuckles were bloody, and threw a $200 Weber grill on the outside deck, breaking it, documents state.
At that point Weigel damaged a wooden deck railing by kicking it, police said.
"Weigel then threatened he would kill himself by drinking too much water," documents state.
A preliminary hearing is set for Oct. 19 before District Judge Richard Thomas. It is unclear whether Weigel has retained an attorney.
Killed dog: In December, Weigel was sentenced to two years of probation — the maximum term of probation allowed — after pleading guilty to first-degree misdemeanor animal cruelty. He also was ordered to pay a mandatory $1,000 fine, undergo a mental-health evaluation and follow up with recommended treatment.
Weigel shot Romeo, a miniature pinscher or "min-pin," on Aug. 5, 2014, at his parents' home, where Weigel lived at the time and still resides, according to court documents filed by state police.
"Weigel advised that he chained the dog to their garden fence and went into his residence and retrieved his father's .22-caliber rifle," court documents state.
He then went to his bedroom window and fired a single shot at Romeo, wounding the dog, police said.
Weigel told troopers he then went outside and shot Romeo at close range, killing him, police said.
"Weigel advised he then picked the dog up with a shovel and dumped it into the bushes," documents state.
His father told troopers he witnessed his son kill Romeo, then saw him kick the dog over an embankment and into bushes.
'Fed up': During his guilty-plea hearing, Weigel told presiding Common Pleas Judge Michael E. Bortner that he killed the dog because it continually barked.
"You just got fed up with the dog barking or something?" Bortner asked.
"Yes," Weigel replied. "It was barking incessantly for years."
"I think a mental-health evaluation is appropriate here," the judge said in response.
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