A Missouri man was charged with animal abuse and unlawful use of a weapon after he repeatedly stabbed his neighbors’ dog after it ran onto his property.
Husband and wife William Parker and Robin Steele told police in Crestwood, outside St. Louis, that their dogs Teddy and Raven had gotten out of the house and ran onto the property of their neighbor, John Conrad Ross III.
According to the police report obtained by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Ross chased the dogs and caught Teddy, a black and white border collie. He allegedly proceeded to slam the dog to the ground and stab the animal several times with a pocket knife.
The dog escaped and Ross allegedly stared down his neighbors while holding a handgun at his side.
The couple took the dog to a animal hospital where Teddy was diagnosed with seven stab wounds, including one to his jugular vein. He was euthanized because his injuries were so severe.
Ross claimed the dog charged him and bit his hand, but Ross’ injuries did not look like bite marks, according to the police report.
He was arrested and charged with felony unlawful use of a weapon and misdemeanor animal abuse and held on $2,500 bail.
The family is getting a restraining order against Ross, said Dan Kolde, Steele’s attorney.
Kolde called the attack on Teddy “particularly brutal" and said Ross could have and should have acted differently.
“You call animal control and the owner gets a ticket,” Kolde said. “You don’t resort to vigilante justice.
“You’re obviously allowed to defend yourself,” Kolde continued. “But you’re not allowed to take the law into your own hands and kill somebody’s pet because you didn’t like them in your yard.”
The Missouri legislature is considering a bill that would create an animal abuse registry in the state.