Fyre Lake Dog Shooting Case Continued To Next Month

A July 19 pre-trial conference has been set for a Sherrard man accused of shooting and injuring a neighbor’s dog with a pellet gun. The continuance was asked for Tuesday in Mercer County Circuit Court by Michael Elsbury’s attorney. The 56-year-old Elsbury faces a Class 4 felony of aggravated cruelty to animals. The count alleges he used a Daisy Pump 880 to fire at the dog last April in the Fyre Lake area. Elsbury has pleaded not guilty to the charge. He is free on a $5,000 recognizance bond. As part of bond conditions, Elsbury cannot have contact with the neighbor or his family. As of Tuesday morning, a GoFundMe account set up for the dog’s medical bills has raised $2,595.