Crestwood man arrested after stabbing dog to death; Claims self-defense

Police examined Ross' hand and wrote that "the wounds appeared to be scrapes or cuts. No wound seemed to be obvious bite marks."

Kevin Killeen
September 09, 2019 - 5:22 pm

(Crestwood Police)

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CRESTWOOD, MO (KMOX) - In a suburb where the police chief says most neighbors get along, a man is charged with stabbing his neighbor's dog to death.

Police Chief Ron Compton says the clash happened Saturday just before noon in the 9700 block of Greenview Drive.

John Ross, 59, is charged with misdemeanor animal abuse and felony unlawful use of a weapon.

The chief says the trouble began when a 75-pound Border Collie named "Teddy" ran from the house next door into Ross' back yard.

"The owner of the dog saw the neighbor run after her dog, grab the dog, and then stab it several times," the chief said, " She called the dog. It came to her. It was bleeding severely, and she took it to the animal emergency hospital, where they couldn't save the dog."

According to the police report, Ross said the dog had started to attack him, leaving bite marks on his right hand.  Police examined Ross' hand and wrote that "the wounds appeared to be scrapes or cuts. No wound seemed to be obvious bite marks."

Police seized a pocket knife with a three-inch blade and arrested him.

The police report also indicates that the clash was witnessed by the woman's husband, and that two dogs--including the one killed-- had run from the home onto the neighbor's property.

After Ross had stabbed the dog, the chief says Ross held a handgun at his side.

Ross was released on $2,500 bond. 

KMOX contacted St. Louis County to ask if any complaints had been filed against "Teddy" or other dogs from the house.  But the information was not readily available without making a public records request.

The police report said the owner claimed "Teddy" was not dangerous and would only "lick someone to death."

Chief Compton says Ross has no criminal record and there had been no earlier complaints against him, but they intend to keep an eye on the block going forward.

"I think there's always a concern when somebody does a violent act," the chief said, "We will be keeping a closer eye on the neighborhood."

The chief says Crestwood ordinances require dogs to be kept on a leash, but if a dog runs into someone else's yard, they should call the police.

"Let us handle it," the chief said.

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