Clark County man who killed Chihuahua says dog bit him

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Clark County man accused of killing Chihuahua he says bit him

Credit: DaytonDailyNews

SPRINGFIELD — A Clark County man who says he killed a Chihuahua after it bit him on the hand is scheduled to appear in Clark County Municipal Court on Friday.

Christopher Matthews, a 29-year-old South Charleston resident, is charged with cruelty to a companion animal stemming from the incident that left a 3-year-old named Roxie dead from a broken neck in 2015.

A deputy dog warden, in an affidavit, said he responded to a report that a puppy had been killed during a domestic dispute, but his investigation concluded Roxie was likely killed after having her neck snapped.

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“When Christopher Matthews came outside, he advised that he did in fact kill the dog by ‘snapping its neck’ because it had bitten his hand,” the deputy warden wrote in the affidavit. “He stated the he has told his wife on numerous occasions he was going to kill the dog if it continued to bite him.”

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A medical report attached to the case says Roxie had multiple skull fractures and showed signs of abuse and trauma.

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