August 22, 2014

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Shooting of dog raises bad blood

SPRINGFIELD — A southwestern Ohio community has become embroiled in a dispute between neighbors over a dead dog.

Judy and Jim Henry say their neighbor, Ed Rice, shot and killed their shepherd mix unnecessarily on Dec. 4 while it was on his property. And they’ve put a giant plywood sign on their yard to tell the neighborhood. It reads “Ed Rice, Agent of Davidson Nature Park, Shot and Killed Our Dog Phobee.”

Rice says Phobee attacked his mini dachshund, Peanut, before he shot it twice with a handgun. Rice says while he has had disagreements with the Henrys in the past, he didn’t know it was their dog. The Henrys disagree.

The Clark County Humane Society has also weighed in on the dispute. Director Ed Sissler says Rice shot the dog unjustly.

The Henrys say they may pursue the matter in civil court.