UPDATED – A man was charged Monday with illegally possessing a weapon in the shooting of an animal because of a conviction in an unrelated felony.
Donte Love, 41, of W. 23rd Street, admitted to shooting a pit bull in the nose because he said he feared for the children’s safety, according to a police report.
Contacted Tuesday, Elyria Police Capt. Chris Constantino said the charge that made Love’s gun possession illegal, a 2009 conviction for gross sexual imposition, was not connected to the Monday shooting of the dog. He also said that Love did not violate conditions of his reporting as a sex offender by being in the area where the shooting occurred.
Officers recovered a Smith and Wesson Victory handgun with five .22 caliber rounds loaded. According to the report, a background check revealed the gun was stolen. According to a police report, the gun was stolen on July 19 2017 from the garage of a West Avenue residence.
Love was at an address where several children and adults were gathered. The animal was shot outside the residence in the 100 block of Neufer Court.
No children were injured in the incident.
ELYRIA – Police charged a Lorain man with multiple offenses after he shot a dog with a stolen gun on Sunday evening, according to a police report.
Donte Love, 41, of W. 23rd Street, was reportedly visiting at a house in the 100 block of Neufer Court at about 7 p.m. where the homeowner’s children and a group of adults were gathered.
According to the release, the homeowner heard screaming outside and saw a brown pit bull chasing his children.
The dog belonged to a neighbor. Witnesses and the homeowner told police that they heard a gunshot as the homeowner was running to the neighbor’s house to tell them about the dog.
Love admitted to shooting the neighbor’s dog in the nose to protect the children, who were not injured in the incident.
The dog’s owner told officers he didn’t know how the dog got out of his yard and that his gate was closed and locked.
Officers recovered a Smith and Wesson Victory handgun with five .22 caliber rounds loaded. According to the report, a background check revealed the gun was stolen.
Love was charged with killing or injuring animals, receiving stolen property, discharging firearms and having weapons under disability due to a previous felony conviction.
The status of the dog was unknown at the time of the report.