Pair accused of kidnapping, shooting dog appear in court
Fri, 16 Jul 2010 15:09:04 GMT —
A South Toledo man accused of shooting a dog and leaving him for dead appeared in court Friday.
Officials say Eric Skowron and Alisha King kidnapped and shot Tyson, a neighbor's Labrador-Rottweiler in late June. Surveillance video from a neighboring home shows King walking up to the home of Josh Luck and taking Tyson from the backyard. She then followed a vehicle, driven by Skowron, down the street with the dog in tow, according to police.
Tyson was shot twice and was later seen in the video walking back to his home and collapsing by the front drive. He survived the shooting and is recovering from partial loss of vision, memory loss and other heart injuries
Skowron and King have each been charged with one count of prohibitions concerning companion animals torture and one count of killing or injuring animals. They were arraigned in Toledo Municipal Court Friday morning where they plead not guilty to all charges. A judge ordered them to have no contact with Tyson or his owners. They are both free on their own recognizance until their trial begins.
Luck, Tyson's owner, was outside Toledo Municipal Court during Friday morning's arraignments, holding a rally calling for stronger animal cruelty penalties.