ST. CHARLES COUNTY, MO (KPLR) – A disturbing case of animal abuse in St. Charles County: two men tracked down and shot a missing do in the middle of a neighborhood near Wentzville, residents said.
Sheriff’s department investigators were seeking charges against two men, ages 43 and 39.
They’re accused of shooting “Luna”, a female Malamute-Shepherd mix over the weekend.
Luna got away from her home in O’Fallon, MO, April 13. Mala-mute shepherd mix, that's been missing for more than two weeks.
“It’s unreal to me…I’m just dumfounded that somebody would actually do that to a dog,” said Luna’s owner, who did not want to be identified. “She’s very skittish, afraid of adults. She loves kids and other dogs. She likes being around bodies of water.”
She was shot in an upscale neighborhood near Highway N and Wilmer Road just outside of Wentzville.
Her owners said Luna had been roaming for miles, from her home in O’Fallon to Lake St. Louis and then Wentzville area.
She was last seen Tuesday morning near a small lake off of Wilmer Road putting little pressure on what appeared to be a wounded front leg.
“This is not a wild animal. This is somebody’s pet,” said Theresa Williams of the St. Charles County Division of Humane Services, the county’s animal control agency. “She is very friendly and as not shown any aggression to any person. She’s just very scared. “
The suspects reportedly considered Luna a possible threat to other animals and children in the area, thinking she may have been a wolf.
Investigators don’t buy their story, saying there’s no justification for tracking down a dog and shooting at her in a residential neighborhood.
“It just baffles me that someone would mistake a dog for a 130 pound wolf. She’s only probably 65 pounds… she’s a really good dog,” her owner said.
Residents spotted a small blood trail and a patch of Luna's fur in the neighborhood.
The men used a shotgun and what appeared to be a replica assault rifle.
They had yet to be formally charged.
If you spot Luna, please call the Pet Adoption Center at 636-949-7387.