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Reston Man Arrested for Shooting and Dumping His Dog in 2017

by Fatimah Waseem March 16, 2018 at 2:55 pm 5 Comments

A 61-year-old Reston man was arrested and charged with shooting his dog in the head and leaving the body at an archery range near Fountainhead Regional Park.

Animal Protection Police charged Mark Cochrane, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer, with torture of an animal causing death, discharging a fire arm in a prohibited area and littering.

Police tracked Cochrane by executing several warrants. Evidence uncovered during searches connected the Reston resident to the incident, which occurred on July 15, 2017.

The dog, a shepherd mix, was found at the Northern Virginia Archers Club Range.

  • Mike M

    If guns are outlawed, only guys like this would have guns.

    Reston man! For shame.

  • RestonAssurance

    That’s absolutely disgusting and appalling. May he meet his match.
    Wonder if he had a service firearm, if it was used. Hope he loses his job!

    • Reston Realist

      Regardless of the firearm he used, he needs to lose his job. The guy is a social menace.

  • Astra

    Go directly to jail. Do not pass go.

  • Gorilla gone bad?

    A man wakes up one morning to find a gorilla on his roof.
    So he looks up the yellow pages and sure enough, there’s an ad for “Gorilla Removers”. He calls the number, and the gorilla remover says he”ll be there in 30 minutes.

    The gorilla remover arrives and gets out of his van. He’s got a ladder, a baseball bat, a shotgun and a huge, ferocious looking dog.

    “What are you going to do?”, the homeowner asks.

    “I’m going to put up this ladder against the roof, then I’m going to go up there and knock the gorilla off the roof with the bat. When the gorilla falls off, the dog is trained to grab the gorilla’s testicles and squeeze. The gorilla will be subdued enough for me to lock him in the cage in the back of the van.”, says the gorilla remover and hands him the shotgun.

    “What’s the shotgun for?”, asks the homeowner.

    “If the gorilla knocks ME off the roof, shoot the dog.”


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