- Associated Press - Thursday, September 18, 2014

WENTZVILLE, Mo. (AP) - Two St. Charles County men facing animal abuse charges following the shooting of a runaway family dog say they mistook the pet for a wolf.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch (bit.ly/1p2D3Gv ) reports that 39-year-old James Clemens and 43-year-old Bradley Dean Reese, both of Wentzville, were charged with an April shooting of the German Shepherd.

Police say the men tracked the 100-pound dog for 1.5 miles before shooting it with a shotgun and then a rifle in a wooded part of a subdivision. The dog had been missing from its O’Fallon home for two weeks.

Clemens and Reese told police they followed the dog after their children saw the animal while playing outside and started screaming. Neither man could be reached by the newspaper for comment.

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Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, https://www.stltoday.com

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