60-year-old Terry Nixon was arrested and charged with aggravated animal abuse, unlawful use of a weapon, reckless endangering and disorderly conduct in the 2nd degree.
Medford Police said officers were dispatched to the 400 block of N. Ross Lane for a report of a dog that had been shot and killed. Nixon initially denied knowledge of a dog being shot and refused to allow officers into the residence.
One witness told officers he saw Nixon shoot and kill a small dog in his backyard. Medford Police said officers also made contact with another witness who had been at Nixon’s home and found the dead dog. This witness took the dog’s carcass to his residence, where officers recovered it. The dog was described as a Chihuahua/Jack Russell mix.
Officers obtained a search warrant for the residence. At the residence, officers located a 9mm handgun, which police believed to be the weapon used in this case.
The investigation revealed that Terry Nixon was the owner of the dog and became upset after the dog defecated in the house. He took the dog into the backyard and shot it at close range. He then placed the dog in a trash can, where the witness later recovered it.
Terry Nixon’s bail is set at $17,000.