Crime Man allegedly killing pets has St. Louis neighborhood up in arms
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Neighbors in a St. Louis suburb are seeking answers after a rash of animal killings they believe are deliberate and the work of the same person. In one instance, the suspect allegedly hit a Great Dane puppy with his vehicle on purpose, killing it,.
The owner of the puppy, Jason Fincher, said his wife witnessed the incident. "She will swear to it, that she stood right here and watched that man swerve and hit that dog," Fincher told KMOV. The Finchers live in the Warren County neighborhood.
Fincher added that the man suspected of killing his dog, named Blue, had been caught on camera vowing to do just that.
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Another neighbor's pet was a victim, as well. Ashley Kindschi's indoor cat, Ralph, accidentally got out and was fatally shot with an arrow.
Police were called for both incidents and reports were written. KMOV obtained copies of those reports.
In Blue's death, the man allegedly responsible claims it was an accident. A deputy added that there was no evidence to indicate the man swerved to hit the dog.
The investigation into Ralph's death is ongoing. Kindschi said she saw the man walking through her yard that day and even saved the arrow in a bag in case authorities need to fingerprint it for evidence.
Neighbors were discouraged by the police response, however. "They said there is nothing they can do, because there are no laws out here in Warren County that can really have anything to do with it," Fincher told KMOV.
Bob Baker, with the Missouri Alliance for Animal Legislation, disagrees and claims killing animals is a "Class A misdemeanor."
"It's a very serious offense," Baker told KMOV.
Warren County Sheriff Kevin Harrison declined an interview with KMOV and claimed he had nothing to add to the story.
French protesters demand trial for Jewish woman's killer .
PARIS (AP) — Protesters in Paris and other French cities on Sunday denounced a ruling by France’s highest court that the killer of Jewish woman Sarah Halimi was not criminally responsible and therefore could not go on trial. Thousands of people filled Trocadero Plaza in Paris, in front of the Eiffel Tower, answering a call by Jewish associations and groups fighting antisemitism who say that justice has not been done. Other protests took place in Marseille, Lyon, Strasbourg, Bordeaux and elsewhere. The announcement that the killer would not be sent to trial sparked outrage among the French and international Jewish community.