Man who shot dog will spend 15 days in jail

A Medford man who shot his dog after it defecated on the carpet, then dumped the carcass in a trash can back in June will serve 15 days in jail.

Terry Donald Nixon, 60, pleaded guilty to first-degree animal abuse, unlawful use of a weapon and reckless endangerment today in Jackson County Circuit Court. He is set to report to the Jackson County Jail at noon today. In addition to his jail sentence, Nixon will spend two years on probation and will not be allowed to own animals for five years.

"I realize what I did was wrong and I can assure you I'll never do it again," Nixon told Judge Kelly W. Ravassipour.

The incident occurred June 5. Police responded to a 911 call in the 400 block of Ross Lane that a chihuahua/Jack Russell terrier mix had been shot in the shoulder and killed before it was dumped in a trash can. Nixon's nephew witnessed the incident, police reported. Police knocked on Nixon's door but were denied entry. Authorities then obtained a search warrant. During a search of the house, they found a 9 mm handgun. The investigation revealed Nixon had fired the gun in the backyard, killing the animal at close range before disposing of the body.

"I'm sure that was a traumatic experience for your nephew to witness," Ravassipour told Nixon.

Court records show Nixon does not have a significant criminal history in Jackson County but for the June incident.

Police have said pet owners cannot shoot their animals unless they pose a safety issue.

— Ryan Pfeil

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