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Manchester man claims to have shot neighbor’s dog in self-defense

By: Bonnie Krueger

The recent death of a pet dog in Manchester has local residents wondering if justice was served.

On Oct. 4, Manchester police officers were dispatched to the 400 block of Spring Meadows Drive for reports of shots fired and a dog yelping. Upon arrival, officers were told by resident Jacklynn Dukart that her dog had been shot. The animal was transported to a nearby hospital, where it later died.

According to Manchester Police Sgt. Ed Skaggs, the dog was off leash, approximately one to two blocks from his home, when it approached a man while he was on his property. The dog, named Ruger, a blue heeler mix weighing approximately 40 to 50 pounds, was allegedly aggressive toward the unnamed neighbor, bearing his teeth and growling. Reportedly fearing that the dog was primed to attack, the neighbor shot the dog, which resulted in the dog’s death later that night.

Skaggs said the neighbor lawfully owned and carried the weapon, under what is commonly referred to as “concealed carry.” The neighbor also was within bounds for protection against the aggressive dog, although police said the man was regretful and wished it hadn’t happened.

Although Ruger’s roaming the neighborhood violates the leash law of keeping one’s dog restrained or within control in the city of Manchester, Dukart was not cited for this violation.

While the man has not been arrested or charged in regard to the shooting, the incident remains under investigation and will be presented to the St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney’s office for review.

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