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Case ID: 5752
Classification: Shooting
Animal: dog (non pit-bull)
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Thursday, Oct 13, 2005

County: La Porte

Disposition: Alleged

Abuser names unreleased

A Rolling Prairie couple told police they shot their neighbor's two Jack Russell terriers - one is dead and one seriously injured -because the dogs allegedly chased their cats.

According to a LaPorte County Sheriff's Department report, Mark Hutchinson, of the 4800 east block of Scholl Road, called police around 5:12 p.m. on Oct 13 to report his neighbor had shot two of his dogs.

Patch, the Hutchinson family's 12-year-old terrier, was killed after allegedly being shot in the chest with a .357 Magnum. Lilo, the family's 9-month-old terrier, was seriously injured after being shot twice with an SKS assault rifle in the head.

Hutchinson told police he was working in his yard and the dogs were loose when they started chasing the neighbor couple's cats. The owner then heard gunshots.

The couple, whose names are being withheld pending possible charges against them, told deputies they had called and asked the family several times during the last year to keep the dogs out of their yard. They had tried throwing rocks at the dogs, shooting BB guns at them, and shooting near them with other guns, they told police.

The woman claimed Patch was in her shed and had her cats chased up onto a hanging ladder before then coming at her. She shot the dog with the .357 Magnum and then called her husband to come home from work.

When he arrived, he found Lilo with two more of their cats, he told police. He used a rifle to shoot the dog once in the head and thought he'd missed the second time he fired.

The neighbors then buried Patch in their yard and told the family the other dog had run away after being shot and was probably dead. Lilo was taken to New Prairie Animal Clinic, where it was discovered one bullet had just missed a carotid artery. Lilo has been released but suffered nerve damage.


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