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  • Police: Man shot, killed own dog after it defecated in the house

  • A Medford man allegedly shot his dog at close range and dumped the body in a trash can Wednesday because the animal had defecated in his home, police said.
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  • A Medford man allegedly shot his dog at close range and dumped the body in a trash can Wednesday because the animal had defecated in his home, police said.
    Terry Donald Nixon, 60, of the 400 block of North Ross Lane, is held in the Jackson County Jail on charges of aggravated animal abuse, unlawful use of a weapon, reckless endangerment and second-degree disorderly conduct. His bail is set at $17,000.
    Medford police responded to a 911 call that reported a dog had been shot and killed at 9:02 p.m. Wednesday. Responding officers talked to witnesses, one of whom said he had found the dog, a chihuahua and Jack Russell terrier mix, in a trash can and took it to his home. The other reported seeing Nixon shoot the dog in his backyard.
    Police knocked on Nixon's door. He allegedly refused to let them in, saying he didn't know anything about a dead dog. Authorities obtained a search warrant and entered the home. They found a 9 mm handgun, believed to be the weapon used in the shooting. During the investigation, police found Nixon was the dog's owner, and that he had shot the animal in his backyard at close range after it defecated in the house, police said in a news release today.
    Nixon does not appear to have significant criminal history in Jackson County, court records show.
    — Ryan Pfeil
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