ALEXANDER COUNTY, IL (KFVS) - A man is facing charges after being accused of shooting his neighbor's dog.
According to the Alexander Co. States Attorney's Office, David McDowell was charged with class 4 felony and cruelty to an animal.
An Alexander County man said he was protecting his livestock when he shot and killed his neighbor's dog. But his neighbors say he shot their dog in cold blood.
The man admitted to police and us that he killed the five-year-old German Sheppard mix using a 22-rifle. He was later arrested and served a day in jail. But the owners of the dog say that's not enough.
Dianna Hite and her husband never expected to come home to find their dog, Cody, dead in their own backyard.
"I was devastated. I was crying, my husband was crying. you know, it's terrible," Dianna Hite said.
She said Cody got out of the fenced in backyard, but said he never posed a threat to anyone.
"It's like he shot one of my children," she said.
According to Hite, it was her brother-in-law who had seen their neighbor shoot Cody from his yard roughly 100 feet away over his fence.
"Somebody really evil has to do that, and he is really evil," she said.
The accused shooter, David McDowell, who didn't want to be on camera, said earlier that day Cody had been trying to get under his fence where he kept his goats and other livestock and thought Cody was a stray.
Police arrested McDowell and he served a night in jail.
Alexander County State's Attorney Jeffery Farris said he plans to file charges again McDowell. It's unclear at this time what those charges will be.
"I want justice for my dog," Hite said.
In the state of Illinois, it is legal to do anything necessary to stop a dog caught in the act of attacking a person or livestock. It is illegal to shoot a dog not on your property.