The Lakeville, Massachusetts man who claimed he shot and killed his neighbors’ Golden retriever in self-defense is now facing charges. Mark J. Vasseur, 61, has been charged with malicious killing/injury to a domesticated animal according to police.
As a result of an investigation on 10-8-17 regarding a call for a dog that had been shot at 9 Susan Lane, the Lakeville Police Department have charged Mark J. Vasseur DOB 11-12-55 of 9 Susan Ln. Lakeville with the following: Malicious Killing/Injury of a domesticated animal Mr. Vasseur will be arraigned in Wareham District Court at a date to be determined.
According to Boston25News, Vasseur stated the dog tried to attack him after the dogs attacked and killed his chicken.
“I tried to spook them, the retriever turned and charged at me. I had no choice but to shoot him, it was self-defense,” Vasseur told the news reporter. “It was either get bit by the dog or shoot him. I’m an animal lover, I love dogs, I would never shoot a dog unjustly.”
Krissy Dashner and Pete Bates had let their two dogs out into the yard on Sunday to go for a run on their nine acre property. This time, however the dogs ran away, and for almost an hour Krissy and Pete searched and called for the dogs. Suddenly their hearts went into their throats as five shots rang out in the distance. Moments later, the couple’s German shepherd named Zeke came running towards them; their Golden retriever named Walle never returned. The dog was shot five times.
The couple admitted the dogs should have been confined to their runs, however the dogs were too fast as the couple opened the doors to get them situated; immediately they were in pursuit of their dogs that had mistakenly escaped.
The suspect will be arraigned at Wareham District Court.
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