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Dixon police seek felony charges against unknown assailant who killed dog with an arrow
Dixon police seek felony charges against unknown assailant who killed dog with an arrow

Dixon Alderman Betty Thilges and her husband, former Mayor John Thilges, had fed this dog until it was killed by an arrow Thursday.
DIXON, Mo. (Oct. 17, 2015) — Pulaski County now has two cases of local dogs being shot with arrows. According to Dixon Police Department Lt. Gary Brankel, a well-known "town dog" being cared for by Alderman Betty Thilges and her husband, former Mayor John Thilges, was "found with an arrow shot through his abdominal area" on Thursday. 

The last case of a dog being shot with an arrow led to animal abuse charges in Crocker. The offender pleaded guilty on Dec. 19, 2014, to a Class A misdemeanor and was fined $50 plus court costs for the January dog shooting incident. However, Dixon police say they're planning to charge this case as a felony if the offender is caught.

"While there are different and varying opinions of this dog and the tolerance extended to the dog wondering around town, eating and moving on, this incident did not need to happen," said Brankel in a post on the Dixon Police Department's Facebook page. "The dog was taken to the vet and went into surgery. The dog made it through the first 24 hours, however, decisions had to be made to euthanize the dog. The dog could never be fenced or caged safely due to how he has been treated through the years."

Brankel confirmed that JetVet Veterinary Clinic, LLC of Dixon was responsible for the veterinary care of the "town dog" known variously as "Articus," "Black Boy," "Blackie" and "Hobo."

"John and Betty accepted the responsibility of the surgery, vet bills, along with the cost to euthanize the dog," Brankel said. "Donations would greatly be appreciated in assisting them with this burden. Donations can be made either directly to them, at the vets office, or in a sealed envelope at City Hall."

According to John Thilges, the dog was found in front of the post office and taken to Jet Vet.

"Doctor Wodohosky at the JetVet Veterinarian spent an entire day operating on the dog in an attempt to save his life," Thilges said in a public post announcng the dog shooting. "In the end circumstances forced her to put an end to this helpless creatures suffering. Blackie was a dog that many people in Dixon knew and loved."

Local law enforcement personnel are asking the public for tips. Those who have information may call Dixon police at (573) 759-6610.

"The Thilges family has taken a large blow with this incident as they had claimed this dog as there own and cared and fed this wondering stranger every day as if it was theirs," Brankel said. "While I have heard several call this petty and some call this malicious, from a law enforcement stand point I call this a felony."

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