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Case ID: 5481
Classification: Shooting
Animal: dog (non pit-bull)
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Abuse was retaliation against animal's bad behavior
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Monday, Aug 29, 2005

County: St Joseph

Disposition: Alleged

Abuser names unreleased

A Mishawaka man was arrested on the morning of Aug 29 after admitting to shooting his mother's dog. A caller informed police that a shot was fired from the backyard of a home on Stanley Street, followed by the whimper of a dog. A second later, another shot was fired, the caller said.

When police arrived at the home, an occupant of the home asked if officers were there because he had shot his mother's dog.

The man continued to say that his 47-year-old mother was bitten in the face by her Alaskan husky named Polaris the night before and had to undergo reconstructive surgery.

Polaris, who is 5 or 6 years old, was put in the backyard after the incident, according to a police report, and the mother was taken to Memorial Hospital. No information was available on her condition as of Aug 30.

The suspect told police Polaris has bitten different people between 20 and 25 times in the past.

So, the suspect said, he borrowed a .38-caliber handgun from a co-worker and shot Polaris in the backyard.

One shot went into the dog's right side of the neck, the suspect told police. The second shot hit the dog in the back.

The suspect was arrested, but charges have not been filed yet.

The Mishawaka Police Department is asking the prosecutor's office to consider adding charges of criminal recklessness and animal cruelty to the suspect's charges, said Mike Samp, chief of the investigative division of the police department.

Polaris was taken to the Humane Society on Aug 29, no word yet on her condition.


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