Man Charged After Throwing Dog to its Death

By KOLR10 News

Published 06/25 2014 02:44PM

Updated 06/26 2014 08:48AM

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – A man is facing felony charges after witnesses say he killed a small dog by throwing it out a third-floor window.

Police say William B. Rabourn, 23, of Springfield, broke down the door to a woman’s apartment and threw an eight-month-old Maltipoo out the window.

According to a probable cause statement, the incident started Saturday night on a “party bus,” where Rabourn was making sexual advances on a woman he’d been in a romantic relationship with for months.

In the statement, the woman says she declined the advances and later learned Rabourn had tried to hit on her friends as well.

When the bus stopped at a gas station, Rabourn went to get snacks, but not allowed back on the bus and left at the gas station.

The woman told police Rabourn tried to call and text her numerous times, but she didn’t respond.

Later that night, a witness called police from Hickman Apartments saying she heard loud banging from the hallway. When she opened her door, she observed a man kicking and hitting the door to an apartment nearby.

She asked the man if he was okay, and he said the apartment’s occupants were about to buy drugs and asked the woman to cal police.

The man kicked in the door and entered the apartment. The witness was already on the phone with 911 dispatch and told police she saw the man come out of the apartment holding a small dog.

When the man reached the first set of stairs, which had an open window, he threw the dog overhand out of the window, according to the probable cause statement.

Police measured the distance from the window to where the dog was laying and measured just over 46 feet.

The man then fled the scene, but was located later by Missouri State University security and Springfield Police officers. The witness positively identified Rabourn as the man she saw throw the dog out the window.

When asked about the incident, Rabourn said he went to the woman’s apartment to get his keys to go home. Police asked him about the dog, but Rabourn asked for an attorney.

The victim's mother says she is just glad her daughter wasn't home at the time. "I really have to count my blessings," says Debbie Erbie. "One that she wasn't there because this might be a different scenario. It might be my daughter."

Rabourn was taken into police custody and charged with second-degree burglary and felony stealing an animal.

Rabourn’s bond was set at $15,000, which he posted and was released. A bond hearing is scheduled for June 30, followed by a motion hearing on July 28.

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