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GERRY – A man searching for his lost dog discovered the pet’s remains in a grave of loose dirt on his neighbor’s property, authorities said Saturday.

Chautauqua County Sheriff’s deputies said Robert Rearick, 46, of Damon Hill Road, shot the dog, “Jake,” because he was barking, then buried him in a field. The dog had been missing for several days, deputies added.

Rearick – charged with overdriving, torturing and injuring an animal – faces a future appearance in Town of Gerry Court.