MEDFORD, Ore. — One dog is shot dead and another one is recovering from a severe beating. Medford police are investigating two animal abuse cases in a span of two days.
The first incident was on Tuesday near the 700 block of Hilldale Avenue in Medford. Police found a pit bull in the woods, badly beaten and bleeding from the head. The dog, named Nemo, is on medication and recovering at animal control.
The owner, 20-year-old Michael Mak, told police he took Nemo out to the woods and beat him with a piece of wood because Nemo was being aggressive inside his residence. Officers say several neighbors also reported hearing Nemo being beat inside Mak’s apartment.
The second animal abuse incident occurred on the 400 block of North Ross Lane on Wednesday. NewsWatch12 spoke to a neighbor who did not want to go on camera. He says he could see from his backyard the dog owner shoot the Chihuahua-Jack Russel mix dog.
“The old guy was messing around with it, cocking it back and pointing it at the dog and like, I thought, drunk people with an arguing being stupid. I didn’t think anything of it. And afterwards, it was just a loud boom,” said the neighbor.
Police say after 60-year-old Terry Nixon shot his dog, he threw the animal away in the kitchen trash can. They say Nixon admitted he shot the dog because it had an accident in the house. Nixon’s brother spoke to NewsWatch 12 off-camera and says Nixon has an alcohol problem.
Nixon is lodged at the jail. He is facing charges of aggravated animal abuse, reckless endangering, unlawful use of a weapon and disorderly conduct. As for Mak, he was charged with animal abuse in the first degree. Animal control says his dog Nemo will soon be placed in foster care.