Police in the Crestwood area of St. Louis County, Missouri responded to an upsetting call recently. Husband and wife couple William Parker and Robin Steele reported to police that their two dogs, Raven and Teddy, ran from their house and onto their neighbor’s property. What happened next is the stuff of which nightmares are made.
The neighbor, 59-year-old John Conrad Ross III, chased both dogs, grabbed Teddy, and slammed him to the ground. He then stabbed the animal several times. Steele called to the dog, who got up and ran towards her while bleeding profusely. Ross stood watching from his yard, holding a handgun at his side.
Teddy was rushed to an animal hospital where vets tried to save him. He had seven stab wounds including one to his jugular vein. The couple decided to have Teddy euthanized due to the severity of his wounds.
According to the police report, Ross said Teddy charged at him, biting his right hand. He admitted stabbing the dog with a 3-inch pocket knife he had on him at the time. The marks Ross showed the police officer did not convince him they were from dog bites.
Ross was taken into custody and charged with felony unlawful use of a weapon and animal abuse, which is a misdemeanor. He was held on $2,500 bail.
The couple is getting a restraining order against Ross. The couple’s attorney, Dan Kolde, told media, “He didn’t stab the dog once, but seven times, which strikes me as there being some rage involved.”
Our deepest condolences go out to the family on the loss of their beloved dog.