ELYRIA — A Lorain County grand jury decided an Elyria man who shot and killed a neighbor’s dog in January should not face felony charges.
Lorain County prosecutors presented the case against Timothy Kilgore, 28, to a county grand jury to consider — a fifth-degree felony charge of cruelty to animals was up for consideration as well as discharging a firearm in the city limits — and the grand jury returned a no bill, meaning no charges are forthcoming.
Kilgore’s attorney, Kenneth Lieux, said additional evidence — in the form of photographs, witness testimony and the veterinarian records for Kilgore’s two dogs — was presented to the prosecutor’s office and grand jury.
“We presented information that the neighbor’s dog had previously attacked the Kilgores’ dogs and lunged at their 2-year-old daughter,” Lieux said. “On the date in question, the neighbor’s dog had latched onto the leg of their puppy and was attempting to pull it through the fence. We are grateful for the decision of the Lorain County grand jury.”
On Jan. 8, Kilgore’s wife, Kristen Kilgore, told police she had let her German shepherd puppy out into the backyard of their Brace Avenue home about 2 p.m. She said she looked out the window and saw her neighbor’s husky with his head through the fence, attacking her puppy.
Kristen Kilgore told police she screamed and ran outside to get her dog. She said her husband came out of the house with his shotgun and fired once at the neighbor’s dog.
The dog, a 4-year-old Siberian husky named Nemo, belonged to Vickie Galloway. Galloway had told police she had ongoing conflicts with the Kilgores and had tried to avoid letting her dogs outside when the neighbor’s dogs were outside.