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East Moline Man Charged In Death Of Runaway Dog

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An East Moline man is accused of shooting and killing his neighbor's dog. 

Michael Coulter, 44, is charged with aggravated cruelty to animals and reckless discharge of a firearm.
     
On Wednesday, the roaming dog came in contact with Coulter and his dogs. Neither coulter or his dogs were injured and the shepard left the area but police say Coulter got his semi-automatic shot gun from his home shot the dog, then allegedly took the dead dog to a remote location in Mercer County.  

"There are residents directly in the vicinity where the animal was killed and it certainly is a concern that someone would fire a long rifle or shotgun in the situation," East Moline Police Department Lieutenant Darren Gault said.

Police say Coulter was charged because the dog was no longer a threat to Coulter after it left.

He fired a gun in a neighborhood risking resident's safety.
     
People are encouraged to call the police or animal control when a animal is roaming a neighborhood.

 

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