SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Another family’s pit bull is dead tonight, after a neighbor pulled the trigger on the dog.
According to Springfield police, the pit bull jumped a fence into a yard on McGee Street, then attacked the dog who lives there.
It’s the second time a pit bull was shot to death in Springfield in just a matter of three days. What happened just before noon Saturday afternoon, depends on who you ask.
What residents would normally describe as a quiet neighborhood, was so calm on this particular Saturday, neighbor Randy Sanders heard everything from his front porch.
“It seemed like it was five or six shots, followed by a whole bunch of screaming,” Sanders said.
The Springfield Police Department says, after a woman tried to separate the dogs, a man intervened. But when the pit bull turned on him, he shot it dead.
The pit bull owner, Norman Jackson, told KOLR10 his dog liked to go behind the shed to meet up with with the dog who lives diagonal. It certainly wasn’t the first time it happened, but Saturday makes it the last.
Jackson says he added wire around the shed to try to prevent his dog from getting back there. After coming home to a phone call with the news, he’s mourning the loss of Chloe, who he considered a four-legged family member.
“Some people have pets and they’re just pets,” Jackson said. “Our pets are like our kids.”
Sanders said his neighbor loved dogs, and was undoubtedly traumatized by the experience.
“She didn’t know what to do, you know she was scared to death, so she just did was she thought was right to protect her family and property,” he said.
Police say the man who shot the dog was not injured, and the other dog was visibly limping. The people behind the shooting were not home to answer for themselves, leaving the men to guess whether or not this had to do with Chloe’s breed.
“I think it was just a coincidence, one of those things that happens. And it just happens to be a pit bull,” Sanders said.
Jackson isn’t so sure.
“This is a coincidence? It’s not a coincidence. That sounds like an angry neighbor who was mad because animal control didn’t do what she wanted,” Jackson said.
He added that Chloe was registered, micro-chipped, fixed and fully compliant with the law.
Jackson said it’s too soon to think about his next steps.
“If you just buried a child or buried a cousin, are you going to go think about finding a new cousin, or making a new child? That’s just how hard this is on us,” Jackson said.
Jackson says he does have other, future plans, which include meeting with an attorney Monday.