A 1-year-old mastiff named Snoopy is pictured in this undated photo. Snoopy was found shot and castrated, allegedly by his neighbor, in Nikiski on Tuesday night. (Photo courtesy of Valerie Henderson)

A 1-year-old mastiff named Snoopy is pictured in this undated photo. Snoopy was found shot and castrated, allegedly by his neighbor, in Nikiski on Tuesday night. (Photo courtesy of Valerie Henderson)

Nikiski man allegedly shoots, castrates neighbor’s dog

A Nikiski man was charged with animal cruelty for allegedly killing and mutilating his neighbor’s dog.

Michael D. Ohms, 41, allegedly walked over to his neighbor’s home on Tuesday night, yelled “Snoopy” — the name of the man’s dog — and threw something into the man’s yard, according to an Alaska State Trooper affidavit filed with the court.

The alleged victim initially believed Ohms was throwing meat for his dogs, but then realized the object was a pair of testicles, according to the trooper affidavit. The man noticed that fur on the object matched his dog’s fur, and then realized his mastiff Snoopy was missing, he told troopers.

In July, the alleged victim was granted a protective order against Ohms that prohibits Ohms from communicating directly or indirectly with him, according to court files.

Troopers investigating the incident interviewed Ohms at his home and noted that his clothes had dried blood on them and that he was slurring his speech, according to the affidavit.

Ohms reportedly told troopers he shot Snoopy because he was “trying to hurt my cats,” but that his cats were too fast for the dog to catch them. After he dragged the dog’s body to his house, he castrated him and then threw the testicles into the yard, Ohms reportedly told troopers. Ohms said he planned to make a scarf out of the rest of the dog, according to court documents.

“I do not want it to go to waste; it is a mastiff,” Ohms reportedly told troopers.

Ohms was charged with one count of cruelty to animals by inflicting severe pain, a class C felony; one count of cruelty to animals by intimidating or threatening, a class A felony; one count of violating a protective order, a class A misdemeanor; one count of fourth-degree criminal mischief, a class A misdemeanor; and second-degree criminal trespass, a class B misdemeanor.

Reach Erin Thompson at ethompson@peninsulaclarion.com.

More in News

Daily school district COVID-19 risk levels: Sept. 21

Risk levels are based on COVID cases reported in a community and determine how schools will operate.

Eyes turn to Alaska’s senators amid Supreme Court vacancy

Trump wants nominee ‘without delay.’

A “Vote Here” sign is seen at the City of Kenai building on Monday, Sept. 21, in Kenai.
Early municipal election voters head to polls

Voters cast the first in-person ballots in the borough’s municipal election on Monday.

Candidate QA: Lane Chesley

Former Homer City Council member Lane Chesley seeks to move on to… Continue reading

Daily school district COVID-19 risk levels: Sept. 19

Risk levels are based on COVID cases reported in a community and determine how schools will operate.

COVID-19. (Image via CDC)
Photos by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion 
                                Attendees of the annual apple tasting at O’Brien Garden and Trees try each of the 19 varieties that were grown this year on Saturday, in Nikiski.
Best of the bunch

Community samples apples at Nikiski orchard

Courtesy photo / Canada Border Services Agency 
                                An Alaska man will appear in Canadian court on Monday after border security officers seized the 14 firearms, pictured above, alongside loaded magazines, ammunition, and other paraphernalia, at a crossing southeast of Vancouver.
Alaska man charged in Canada for smuggling firearms

There were fourteen firearms, many illegal in Canada, seized in a July incident.

Most Read