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Missouri Man Admits Shooting Therapy Dog During Break-In

staff - April 3, 2016 6:02 am

A 21-year-old man has pleaded no contest to a murder charge in the 2014 death of a Pittsburg State student.

A 21-year-old man has pleaded no contest to a murder charge in the 2014 death of a Pittsburg State student.

OLATHE, Kan. (AP) – A Missouri man faces May sentencing after admitting in court that he shot and wounded a therapy dog in the face during a Kansas burglary last year.

The Kansas City Star reports that 33-year-old Matthew Oden of Belton pleaded guilty Friday in Johnson County District Court to charges of burglary, firearm theft and animal cruelty.

Oden admitted breaking into an Overland Park house last October and stealing a firearm. The owner returned later and found that his 8-year-old dog, Meeko, had been shot but survived.

The dog – a golden retriever-cocker spaniel mix – is trained to provide therapy for nursing home residents.

Oden’s sentencing is scheduled for May 27th

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