Man allegedly killing pets has St. Louis neighborhood up in arms
Suburban St. Louis neighbors are looking for answers after a series of animal murders that they believe are deliberate and the work of the same person. In one case, the suspect allegedly deliberately hit and killed a Great Dane puppy with his vehicle, reports the CBS St. Louis subsidiary KMOV.
The puppy’s owner, Jason Fincher, said his wife witnessed the incident. “She’ll swear that she stood right here and saw this man dodge and hit that dog,” Fincher told KMOV. The Finchers live in the neighborhood of Warren County.
Fincher added that the man suspected of killing his dog named Blue was caught on camera and promised to do just that.
Another neighbor’s pet was also a victim. Ashley Kindschi’s house cat Ralph accidentally got out and was fatally shot with an arrow.
The police were called on both incidents and reports were made. KMOV received copies of these reports.
When Blau died, the allegedly responsible man claims it was an accident. One MP added that there was no evidence that the man hit the dog.
The investigation into Ralph’s death is ongoing. Kindschi said she saw the man walking through her garden that day and even kept the arrow in a pocket in case authorities had to fingerprint it as evidence.
However, the neighbors were discouraged by the police’s response. “They said there was nothing they could do because there weren’t any laws out here in Warren County that could really have anything to do with it,” Fincher told KMOV.
Bob Baker of the Missouri Alliance for Animal Legislation disagrees, claiming the killing of animals is a “Class A crime.”
“It’s a very serious crime,” Baker told KMOV.
Warren County Sheriff Kevin Harrison declined an interview with KMOV, claiming he had nothing to add to the story.