ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) – “When you look at that kind of behavior in the encyclopedia, it says ‘psychopath’,” said Jason Fincher.
Not long ago, Fincher had had a pair of Great Dane puppies.
“They are absolutely wonderful dogs. I love them, they are amazing, ”he said.
They lived in a place that animals should love; a quiet one-way gravel road in County Warren. But neighbors say there is a man killing pets and the police aren’t doing enough to stop him. One of Fincher’s dogs, named Blue, roamed the vast yards without any problem. Until one day in March Fincher’s wife saw something horrible.
“She will swear, that she stood here and watched this man swerve and hit this dog,” Fincher said.
Fincher says Blue was hit by a neighbor with the front and rear tires. Despite efforts to save him, the puppy did not survive.
“He was my mate. He was my son’s dog, he slept with him every night, ”Fincher said.
Was it an accident?
“He never said ‘sorry’,” Fincher said. “It was flip offs and ‘f *** you’,” Fincher said.
And what’s more, the man who Fincher said did it, had been filmed, vowing to kill.
“Then he finally did it,” Fincher said.
Ashley Kindschi, another nearby neighbor, believes the same man also killed her cat Ralph several months ago. Ralph, barely two years old, was Ashley’s daughter’s best friend. It was an indoor cat, who got out accidentally.
Ashley found him lying in a nearby bush, discovering that he had been spread by an arrow.
“Never in a million years would I have thought I would come home to find him with an arrow through him,” she said. Ralph did not survive either.
“If someone can do this to an animal, why can’t they do it to a human,” Kindschi said.
In both cases, the cops were called and reports drawn up.
“I don’t feel like anything has been done. I think more should have been done, ”Kindschi said.
She said authorities did not seem to do much about the man being seen on the same day, wandering his yard, as if looking for the animal he had slaughtered. They haven’t imprinted the expensive arrow that she still keeps in a bag to this day and she says they haven’t thoroughly investigated the man with the bow targets in her backyard.
“There’s only one person who sits in the back yard most of the time and bow hunting,” Kindschi said.
News 4 tried to speak with Warren County Sheriff Kevin Harrison. He didn’t want to do an interview and told us he had nothing to add to the story.
“They said there was nothing they could do because there aren’t any laws here in Warren County that can really have anything to do with it,” Fincher said.
“It’s a Class A misdemeanor and it’s a very serious offense,” said Bob Baker of the Missouri Alliance for Animal Legislation.
He says intentionally killing an animal, even on your property, for no reason, is a crime. It becomes a crime if the animal is tortured while alive.
He says the problem is getting law enforcement to take the laws seriously.
“You hope they investigate it thoroughly, that’s all we can really hope for, if they take it seriously, not just for the sake of the animals, but so many of these people start off hurting animals and then move on. to other things, ”Baker mentioned.
He is fighting for tougher laws like mental exams for accused animal abusers.
“For someone to intentionally kill an animal, especially multiple times, it would definitely merit a psychiatric evaluation,” Baker said. But efforts are underway, he says, to weaken the laws instead.
“I think it’s important for people, when they hear this story and they care, to contact lawmakers in their state,” Baker said.
News 4 tried to get a hold of the man believed to be responsible, but he hung up when we called. We don’t identify him because he hasn’t been charged with a crime.
“I don’t think there is any reason to kill an animal like that. It’s sad, ”Kindschi said.
They worry about the safety of their other pets, and even their children, and fear that he will simply wander away.
“I hope his neighbors don’t have pets because he’s that kind of guy,” Fincher said.
They hope for some kind of justice.
“You are destroying people’s lives, hurting people in ways that you don’t even realize,” he said.
News 4 obtained the police reports for both incidents. In Blue’s case, the MP said the neighbor claimed it was an accident and the MP said there was no evidence the man left the road to hit the dog. In Ralph’s case, reports indicate the investigation is ongoing.
There is a Facebook page, called Justice for Ralph. You can find a link to it, here.