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Wednesday, Jan 25, 2012County: Henry
Charges: Felony CTA
Alleged: Christopher A. Lucas
A New Castle man described by police as being "very angry" at his neighbors was charged this week with shooting their dog, allegedly after cutting its chain and leading the animal into his yard.
Christopher A. Lucas, 51, 3324 Brown St., was charged this week in Henry Circuit Court 3 with killing a domestic animal, a Class D felony carrying a standard 18-month prison term, and two misdemeanors, criminal trespass and criminal mischief.
Authorities allege Lucas went onto his neighbor's property shortly after midnight on Jan. 25 and cut the chain that had secured the dog, named Jade, to a tree. The dog was then shot, with the bullet apparently passing through the canine's lower skull and neck.
The neighbors told Henry County sheriff's deputies that when they arrived home a short time later, they noticed the dog's chain had been cut, and began shouting their missing pet's name into the night. Lucas, they said, then told them, "Your dog is in my yard, I shot it, so go back inside and shut up!"
Lucas told authorities he shot the animal with a handgun when it charged at him.
He expressed frustration with the amount of noise he said had been coming from his neighbor's property since the previous August, which Lucas said had disrupted the recovery of a relative who had undergone surgery.
According to a police report, investigators found evidence inconsistent with Lucas' account of the shooting, including a boot print, allegedly matching those worn by Lucas, in a pile of dog feces. The veterinarian who treated Jade also said he believed the animal had been shot at close range.
Police also seized a pair of pliers from Lucas' home, along with his handgun.
Told of the deputies' suspicions, Lucas reportedly became angry and said, "Fine! I went over there and cut the chain and dragged the dog over here and I put my gun behind its ear and shot it!"
He told the deputies not to return to his home without a "g-------d warrant."
Police reports filed in the wake of the incident indicated Jade was still alive at that point, but was believed to have suffered neurological damage. Those documents made no reference to the animal's subsequent death.
The reports also indicate a chain securing a second dog, named Midnight, was also cut, but that animal did not leave its yard and was not injured.
Lucas was convicted of criminal recklessness in 2002 after he fired two bullets into a bedroom floor during a dispute in his home.
- thestarpress.com - Mar 15, 2012
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