Greeley admitted to having killed the dog but argued that the killing was justified, as the dog had chased and jumped on Greeley’s son, causing him to need four stitches in his head. Greeley claimed that when Roche opened the door the dog lunged at him and he was required to subdue the dog. He started strangling the dog until it stopped struggling and until he died. The court noted that it seems probable that the dog lunged at Mr. Greeley and that the defendant interpreted this as an attack. The defendant plead non-guilty.