Monday, Dec 05, 2016
One of America's Great Newspapers ~ Toledo, Ohio

Local

Rally held during hearing for pair accused of shooting neighbor's dog

  • Rally-held-during-hearing-for-pair-accused-of-shooting-neighbor-s-dog

    Toledoan Megan Dupont, center, and other animal rights activists and supporters of Tyson scream at Eric Skowron as he exits Toledo Municipal Court.

    The Blade/Lori King
    Buy This Image

  • Rally-held-during-hearing-for-pair-accused-of-shooting-neighbor-s-dog-2

    Eric Skowron is escorted out of Toledo Municipal Court by deputy sheriff personnel after his arraignment for shooting Tyson.

    The Blade/Lori King
    Buy This Image

Tempers flared outside Toledo Municipal Court Friday morning when dozens of rally participants confronted a South Toledo man and his girlfriend accused of kidnapping and shooting a neighbor's dog.

Strong epithets and shouts of "Shame! Shame!" rose from some in the crowd of 50 that was gathered on the sidewalk as Eric Skowron, 34, of 1108 Rochelle Rd., and Alisha King, 29, of Lambertville dashed from the courthouse to a car nearby.

"You're protecting him. Where were you for the dog?," yelled one woman carrying a sign reading, "Honk if you love your pet."

Rally-held-during-hearing-for-pair-accused-of-shooting-neighbor-s-dog-2

Eric Skowron is escorted out of Toledo Municipal Court by deputy sheriff personnel after his arraignment for shooting Tyson.

The Blade/Lori King
Enlarge | Buy This Image

The pair pleaded not guilty Friday morning in Toledo Municipal Court to animal cruelty charges. They stood before Judge Timothy Kuhlman along with their attorney, Don Cameron.

Mr. Skowron has admitted to shooting a neighbor's dog named Tyson on June 23, but claims that the dog's owners allowed it to run loose and threaten other pets in the neighborhood.

The dog survived a .45-caliber bullet wound in his left eye and another in the chest.

Their attorney, Mr. Cameron, who was also heckled by the crowd, defended Mr. Skowron's actions on the night of June 23.

"He is a pet owner and pet lover. He's had animals all his life, so I think there's more to this than what all those protesters think," Mr. Cameron told The Blade.

Click to comment

Quis autem vel eum iure reprehenderit qui in ea voluptate velit esse quam nihil molestiae consequatur, vel illum qui dolorem?

Temporibus autem quibusdam et aut officiis debitis aut rerum necessitatibus saepe eveniet.

Copyright © 2015 Toledo Blade

To Top

Fetching stories…