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Dog killed after neighbor said he felt threatened

By David Harten

This article was published April 12, 2012 at 10:54 a.m.

— An incident involving a German Shepherd ended with the dog's death when a officials say a Little Rock man felt his life was in danger and shot it.

Horace Matthews shot the 6-month-old dog after it and another dog belonging to his neighbor entered his yard and Matthews felt the dogs became aggressive, according to Pulaski County Sheriff's Office spokesman Lt. Carl Minden. After calling 911, Matthews grabbed a shotgun and fired, killing one dog while the other ran off.

The incident occurred about 9:30 p.m. Wednesday at 2513 Stephanie Drive, according to the report.

Minden said Matthews was within his rights to defend himself and his property if he felt threatened in his yard. No charges are expected to be filed and no fines are expected to be issued from the sheriff's office to Matthews or the dogs' owner, Jerry Donaldson, a retired Pulaski County K-9 trainer, Minden said.

Pulaski County Animal Control is looking into the matter as well.

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TheodoricofPork says... April 12, 2012 at 11:35 a.m.

This just doesn't pass the sniff test. A six-month old puppy is in your yard. You feel threatened, so you go INSIDE, get your gun, call 911, and then go OUTSIDE to shoot the fearsome six month old puppy?

That must have been on REALLY SCARY PUPPY.

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Jjackk says... April 12, 2012 at noon

A neighbor that takes a shotgun to a puppy could make a person feel threatened so it would be alright to go ahead and shoot him next, according to the law.

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Lindarae says... April 12, 2012 at noon

Well, you do know the "size" of the dog (six MONTHS, not six WEEKS) was
probably a factor - plus it was dark at 9:30 @ night. With the threat of
rabies more prevalent, added to the fact that there were TWO dogs, it
was probably a scary event, considering he knew his neighbor was a K-9 trainer.
It is a real shame, though. I'm a dog lover, myself.

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tberry91 says... April 12, 2012 at 12:01 p.m.

I feel threatened that this guy has a gun. What will he be afraid of next and take it upon himself to go shooting?

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Oldearkie says... April 12, 2012 at 12:15 p.m.

Don't wear your Hoodie, I threw mine away.

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soulrecycler says... April 12, 2012 at 12:20 p.m.

an over reaction,why not call animal control or someone to handle it?
This man should NOT be firing a weapon.
This man should NOT have a gun!

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chickenhawk says... April 12, 2012 at 1:04 p.m.

Just keep your dog out of his yard He had every right to shoot the dog

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anonymously says... April 12, 2012 at 1:07 p.m.

Was the dog wearing a hoodie?

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TheMongo says... April 12, 2012 at 1:09 p.m.

YOUR DOG + MY YARD = PROBLEM
YOUR DOG + YOUR YARD = NO PROBLEM

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Jumps says... April 12, 2012 at 1:13 p.m.

What? He could not go in his house, lock the door and call the cops? Oh Please!!!!

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