This is one bizarre story. It's starts with a drunken man shooting his dogs indiscriminately and ends with a police standoff. All human beings involved are alive and well, but several canines lost their lives.
I'm a dog lover and all, but just can't see sending a man to prison for six years over killing his own property. I mean, Virginia seems to think six months is reasonable for stabbing someone multiple times in the chest, so a dog shouldn't seem like that big of a deal. The lone commenter to the article sounds like he would be cool with stringing the man up. Compassion for animals is higher than for people it would seem these days.
Also, who knew that there was such a charge as maliciously shooting a companion animal? Who thinks of that and turns it into a law?