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

Ryan Tunks works at the Kenai Peninsula Borough Office of Emergency Management on Thursday, Sept. 23, 2021 in Soldotna, Alaska. (Ashlyn OՈara/Peninsula Clarion)
‘The first, first responders’

Dispatchers hope service isn’t lost in political dispute

FILE - In this March 12, 2020 file photo, Dr. Anne Zink, Alaska’s chief medical officer, addresses reporters at a news conference in Anchorage, Alaska. Alaska on Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021, reported its highest number of new COVID-19 cases, a day after the state’s largest hospital announced it had entered crisis protocol and began rationing care. When many people become ill at the same time, it overwhelms the state’s health care system. "And then we start to see excess mortality where more people dying from other things such as heart attacks and strokes and car accidents and bear maulings or whatever else happens," Zink said. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen, File)
Zink: Health care workers face increasing hostility

Health care professionals with the state have borne the brunt of scrutiny… Continue reading

A dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine at a COVID-19 vaccination drive-thru clinic at Evraz Place in Regina on Thursday, April 15, 2021. Saskatchewan’s only children’s hospital is opening its pediatric intensive care unit to younger adults who have COVID-19 as the province runs out of critical care beds. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Mark Taylor
Weekly vaccine lottery winners announced

The Alaska Chamber of Commerce announced the second week’s lottery winners Thursday,… Continue reading

COVID-19. (Image courtesy CDC)
State reports 7 recent COVID-19 deaths

The state Department of Health and Social Services reported another seven recent… Continue reading

Skilak Lake can be seen from Hideout Trail in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge on July 5, 2020, in Alaska. (Photograph by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)
Refuge cancels ‘Fall Fun Day’ due to state of COVID

Peninsula Clarion The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge canceled its weekend “Fall Fun… Continue reading

Ahlberg to take over as OEM manager

Brenda Ahlberg is the new emergency manager for the Kenai Peninsula Borough.… Continue reading

The logo for the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District is displayed inside the George A. Navarre Borough Admin Building on Thursday, July 22, 2021 in Soldotna, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
Nikiski North Star goes to universal masks

Universal indoor masking for staff and students was instituted at Nikiski North… Continue reading

COVID-19. (Image courtesy CDC)
Another COVID death, more than 1,200 new cases reported statewide

Statewide, there were 213 COVID-related hospitalizations as of Wednesday.

Candidates for Soldotna City Council attend a forum at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex on Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2021 in Soldotna, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
Soldotna council candidates discuss city development, COVID response at forum

Jordan Chilson, Erick Hugarte, Dan Nelson and Micah Shields participated in the event.

Most Read