Police: Palatine Man Shot, Killed Dog

Piotr Holy, 40, is charged with Felony Aggravated Cruel Treatment of an Animal, Obstructing a Peace Officer, Reckless Conduct, and Unlawful Discharge of a Firearm while Hunting within 300 yards of an Inhabited Dwelling without Permission.

A Palatine man is facing numerous charges, including a felony, for shooting and killing a neighbor's German Shepard early Friday morning, according to a press release from the Palatine Police Department.

Piotr Holy, 40, of the 1100 block of S. Brockway Street, reportedly killed the animal after it entered his backyard, according to the release.

Police found a deer carcass in the backyard during their investigation. Piotr told them it was there to lure coyotes, which he planned to intentionally kill with a 22 caliber gun.

The dog, named Willy, belonged to a 31-year-old Palatine resident who was trying to leash him at 1:45 a.m. when he got away from her. The woman went looking for the animal and while searching, told police she heard what she believed to be a single gun shot, the release stated.

The dog was then located in a backyard in the 1100 block of S. Smith Street. The release stated when she found the animal, she discovered he was shot and bleeding and took him immediately to an Arlington Heights animal hospital.

Palatine police met the woman at the animal hospital. Willy died during surgery, according to the release.

When police spoke to Piotr, he initially denied shooting anything, then admitted to police he shot what he believed to be a coyote, police said.

Holy was taken into custody by Palatine Police, and two .22 caliber rifles were confiscated.

He is charged with Felony Aggravated Cruel Treatment of an Animal, Obstructing a Peace Officer, Reckless Conduct, and Unlawful Discharge of a Firearm while Hunting within 300 yards of an Inhabited Dwelling without Permission.

marcel k February 11, 2013 at 04:34 AM
What are you talking about? I hunt coyotes myself. Lots of them. He probably took a dog as a coyote. Who would think that somebody will let the dog run at this time of leashe on peopeles backyard? Do you really think that he was after the dog? There was several incidents that human got shot because somebody though it was a deer.Who knows? You might be even able to tell not only if this is dog or coyote also if it is male or female. Unlawful discharge of firearm. Its the only thing he should be charge for.I'm very sorry for the dog. His owner must be devastated. So as the hunter I would think.
Paul Stensvaag February 11, 2013 at 08:19 AM
I nominate Ellen for Control Freak of the Month in Palatine! Only guns for the the police [state] and all dogs leashed all the time! The absurdity of your comment is mirrored in the dual impossibility of its application - thankfully. You will never know your dog until and unless you know him off leash and as a partner - not a prisoner.
cynthia February 11, 2013 at 03:39 PM
No one has the right to simply shoot at will in a populated community. what if this were a person ? To suggest that simply because he was a "Hunter" he had the right to shoot anything moving is absolutly wrong. I don't care what time it was, I don't care the reasons why he had no right o kill anything.
Ljt February 11, 2013 at 04:02 PM
1. I live in the neighborhood. 2. We have a huge coyote problem. ( one of my dogs got carried away by one a few months ago) 3. Talking to some other neighbors the mans little dog was attacked by one a few weeks ago. ( could he have been trying to protect his family. 4. The wildlife people tried to control the deer population with coyotes. ( now there are more coyotes with a lot less to eat. So they come into our neighborhoods looking for easy prey.) 5. I feel for the woman who lost her dog. ( But she didn't have it leashed.) 6. The neighborhood is not well lit and some of us have fairly large properties. ( I don't care if it was a dog , coyote any orher animal or a person. They were on his property and he has the right to defend his family)
Peggy February 11, 2013 at 06:26 PM
You make good points and I'm sad for anyone who loses a pet to a coyote. I don't know this man, but I do feel his actions were dangerous. I don't know why a dog was not leashed or why a female was walking around town in the middle of the night looking for the dog. But I do know more could have gone wrong in the scenario. If the problem is this bad, will the village officials help to solve it? I honestly have not seen coyotes in my neighborhood (yet?) and I live just south of Dundee. But on Sunday morning, I was looking out my front window and saw a red fox trotting down the middle of my street. That was a new one for me.
Amy Parker February 12, 2013 at 12:49 AM
No, in point of fact, he does NOT have the right to defend his property with a gun. I'm going to repeat that. You really don't have the right to defend your property with a gun unless someone or something is actively, provably threatening your safety, and even that can be illegal depending on the circumstances. (Which would be why he was arrested and charged with unlawful use of a firearm.) The natural world is an unforgiving place. Eat or be eaten; eat or starve. Coyotes don't understand that their lunch was your pet. That's not their fault. They were not brought in to control the deer population; they actually don't prey on adult deer, for the most part. They like easier game--rabbits, ducks, small rodents, etc. They have migrated into populated areas because they are highly adaptive creatures who survive pretty much anywhere there is a food source, and humans have to figure out how to get along with predators in their midst. So here are a couple of tips. If you have coyotes in your area, accompany smaller pets outside, keep them close to the house, and make a lot of noise while you are out there. Sing, talk, play a radio, bang on a pot. Don't leave food outside and turn on outdoor lights at night. Ammonia-soaked rags will usually deter them. Carry a baseball bat if you must. For everyone's safety, please ditch the gun!
marcel k February 12, 2013 at 02:26 AM
Amy.The coyotes are the predators. I'm sorry but humans are predators too.You are right the coyotes don't understand that their lunch was a pet or a deer, but we understand that. And we love our pets and we are gonna protect them. some of us like to hunt and eat deer too. so as we are on the top of the food chain we are gonna make sure to keep te competition under control. Do you know that we have over 2000 coyotes just in the cook county?I do know that. Because hunting is my passion. Hunting is our tradition. Not too long ago we had to hunt to survive. Don't blame as that some of us like to come back to the roots sometimes. Not everybody have to spent the life on facebook! Terrible accident happend. I know I would get crazy if I loose my dog. Look around people are killing each other. One night poor hunter was waiting for a coyote and then booom! 2am dog showed up who look almost like a coyote. He took a shot thinking it is coyote.I'm 100% sure everybody here know that he wasn't hunting neighbors dogs. What now? Illigal shooting and illigal dog off leash (trespassing). They took him away but did she got the ticket? Did she or she did not? It doesn't matter. It is too late for her dog. and you all are talking like had bin ladenn over there or worst. He should get a ticket ,apologize to her ,buy her new dog. And switch to bow hunting.
Elzabeth Miranti February 12, 2013 at 06:20 AM
I am horrified that having a deer carcass in one's back yard is legal in Palatine. The disgusting smell and mess in addition to luring predators such as rats, raccoons and other undesirable animals. Live chickens are not permitted in Palatine due to fears they might attract predators, yet this idiot was deliberately attracting predators and was not charged with this. He is shooting without even knowing what he is aiming at! I am horrified that this predator Piotr lives within a mile of my house.
Vanessa February 13, 2013 at 03:23 PM
Elizabeth, chickens are currently allowed in Palatine if you successfully go through the special use application process, which one person has. And as a plethora of that man's neighbors testified, they've never had a problem with additional predators in the area since the chickens have been there. I don't want to make this story about chickens, but I also don't like misinformation being out there. To the person who lost their dog, I again send my sympathies to you. I can't imagine losing one of my pups like this.
John February 13, 2013 at 03:47 PM
I've thought about shooting irritating racoons in my backyard, but I know better then to shoot a gun outdoors within village limits.
Gary Mahoney February 13, 2013 at 04:06 PM
I am willing to bet the guy is a foreigner, ignorant and uneducated. A real idiot for not taking into account the safety of others and dogs that would be attracted to the deer.
tom jones February 13, 2013 at 07:57 PM
To defenders of the shooter, What if the women with the dog worked a night shift, got off work at 1 O'clock, and came home to walk her dog after work.Then she went to put a leash on the dog the same way that she's been doing for the past 7 years and the dog, being a dog, heard something and took off?
VOP Resident February 13, 2013 at 09:38 PM
It is completely NOT safe for a man to lure coyotes into his yard using a dead deer and then fire at them in the middle of a developed neighborhood. If you're wondering why you continue to have a coyote problem, how about the fact there's a man in your neighborhood baiting them there, not the mention staying up over night waiting for something to show up in his yard so he can shoot it (which is slightly creepy to begin with). That type of behavior belongs in rural areas where neighbors are separated by acres, not feet. I feel terrible for the family that lost their dog in this way. And if you have a small dog, don't let it out of your sight if you know there are coyotes in the area, regardless of the time of day.
marcel k February 14, 2013 at 03:53 AM
Based on your comment. You must be very educated.
Kathy February 14, 2013 at 04:18 AM
Anna, you're an idiot. He had a deer carcass hanging outside of his house, which would attract numerous amounts of animals. That is what attracted the dog to his property in the first place. If he hadn't shot Willy, the German Shepard, he would have shot and killed someone else's dog....or maybe a person. This guy just wants to kill something.
Amy Parker February 14, 2013 at 04:26 AM
Absolutely right, VOP resident! It is completely creepy to bait coyotes with a deer carcass in your backyard in the suburbs of a major metropolitan area and stay up all night so you can shoot them when they show up. Plus, it's illegal. I think Greg Mahoney may be right about this person being ignorant. He was certainly ignorant of the law! It might not be fair to characterize him as a foreigner in this nation of "mutts," but I sure am skeptical about his level of education..and probably his level of intelligence, too. What a sad story.
Kathy February 14, 2013 at 04:30 AM
To marcel k. Do you hunt coyotes in a residential area? Do you hang a carcass in a residential area? Do you discharge a gun in a residential area? Any idiot would know that hanging a carcass in a residential area would also attract neighborhood cats and dogs. Also, please read your posts before you submit them. Half of it doesn't even make sense.
Kathy February 14, 2013 at 04:35 AM
To Amy. Nicely said.
Kathy February 14, 2013 at 04:45 AM
Well thank God someone has the witts to understand it is unlawful to shoot a gun within the village limits, especially in a residential area. As for your racoons, you might have an abundance of grubs which the racoons are feeding on.
Kathy February 14, 2013 at 05:00 AM
Ted Nugent, whose an avid hunter, would probably diss this guy. And, he's originally from Palatine.
Gregg February 14, 2013 at 01:22 PM
Heard or smelled something (like deer)
diane M February 14, 2013 at 01:53 PM
While politically incorrect, I tend to agree with you. Perhaps a strict immigration policy could be exercised here. I note one of the charges was obstructing a peace officer. So he doesn't respect the law here. This guy needs some jail time and a huge fine. Maybe that will convince him to leave.
diane M February 14, 2013 at 02:01 PM
We have to note that one of the charges was "obstructing a peace officer". This guy obviously has little regard for the law. Or take responsibility for his actions. Basically a dangerous coward. He should forfeit his guns. This is a perfect case of a mentally unbalanced person who is armed. Please note his shirt in the mugshot. Camoflage. For anyone here defending this particular idiots right to guns please feel free to post again when he shoots a child thinking zombies were trespassing on his property.
Peggy February 14, 2013 at 02:28 PM
We don't know enough to call this guy mentally unbalanced. He originally lied about the shooting, which is probably why the "obstructing a peace officer" charge. I don't like this story any more than anyone else, but he may just not be too bright. Mentally unbalanced? I don't know about that.
diane M February 14, 2013 at 02:34 PM
He baits coyotes with a deer carcass at an address that is decidedly suburban and well populated. I think that qualifies as a little more than not too bright.
Jay February 14, 2013 at 04:05 PM
Idiots like you is why there is so much talk about gun control.
Amy Parker February 14, 2013 at 11:06 PM
Well, you never know when zombies might be on your property. Best to be on the alert! ha ha. That's too funny! He's definitely not very bright.
John February 15, 2013 at 06:44 PM
John, I apologize for calling you an idiot. I'll blame the anonymity of the internet. I'm not really Jay.
Dannyo March 01, 2013 at 12:47 AM
What is really terrifying is how many gun grabbing idiots commented on this mishap. All looking to jump on the gun control band wagon. Yet no one mentioned that right or wrong, the guy may have been thinking he is also helping his neighbors by killing the Coyotes. Of course no one will think of that until some dumb twit gets attacked by one. If you read the whole article, it said that the guys wife woke him up. He was not sitting in the window just waiting for anything to shoot, like a few of the Salem Witch Hunters here suggested. And, Mr. Mahoney, I take it you are Native American? Or just forgot that you are also an ignorant, uneducated foreigner.
John March 01, 2013 at 02:59 PM
I agree. I trust the vast majority of gun owners, but strong control (screening) is imperative. Penalizing this shooter may draw attention to his lack of common sense. If guns were outright outlawed, only outlaws would have guns.


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