Skip to main content

Charges: Man shot and killed dog for peeing on his trees

It happened in small town south of Mankato.

A 63-year-old southern Minnesota man has been charged with felony animal cruelty after shooting and killing a dog. 

Charges filed in Blue Earth County reveal that Brian Joel Johnson of Good Thunder admitted to police that he shot and killed a dog that came into his yard and urinated on his trees. 

The offense occurred on the afternoon of June 3, when an officer from the Tri-City Police Department received a report of a dog vomiting in the street in the City of Good Thunder, which the officer believed to be the result of the dog eating poison. 

The dog was taken to a local veterinarian for treatment. Two days later the officer learned that the dog had died. An autopsy was conducted a week later and the veterinarian determined that the dog wasn't poisoned, but died from a .77 caliber pellet that was shot into its abdomen. 

On June 14, Tri-City police received a tip from a woman who claimed to know who shot the dog. The investigation resulted in police interviewing Johnson on June 20, during which Johnson admitted to shooting the dog because he was "sick of the dog always coming into his yard and urinating on his trees," the criminal complaint says. 

Johnson said the dog was killing two of his trees and added that the breed of the dog, which hasn't been revealed, made him fear for the safety of his grandchildren. Johnson, however, told police that he had never witnessed the dog act in an aggressive manner. 

The officer conducting the interview took a look at Johnson's trees and found one area to be dying, but he couldn't determine if it was from the dog's urine or from another cause. 

If convicted, Johnson faces up to two years in jail and/or a $7,000 fine. 

Good Thunder is a town of 583 people, located about 15 miles south of Mankato. 

Next Up

uawgitwa5lpcj158xkfx

Minnesota 'glampground' named one of 10 best in U.S.

In Nevis, Minnesota, campers can stay in a refurbished 1905 train car.

Screen Shot 2022-01-28 at 9.04.12 AM

Two men charged over terrifying armed robbery at Newport apartment

They shot the woman who lives in the apartment in the abdomen, and put a gun to a man's head.

Minneapolis police

Minneapolis 2-year-old identified in suspicious death case

The cause of death has not yet been revealed due to an ongoing investigation.

Arianna Vos

Victim of wrong-way driver crash ID'd as Hutchinson 19-year-old

Three women, ages 19, 20 and 20, were in the vehicle struck by a wrong-way driver early Sunday morning.

Julissa Thaler

Eli Hart killing: Police investigating multiple crime scenes

An announcement Tuesday confirmed potential crime scenes in Mound and Minnetrista.

SEIU Healthcare Minnesota strike.

Twin Cities mental health workers gather for 1-day strike

More than 400 mental health workers are participating in the unionized strike on Tuesday.

Bloomington Fire

HAZMAT team at Bloomington hotel following chemical spill in pool

The fire department said two hotel employees are being evaluated by paramedics.

Screen Shot 2022-03-24 at 9.21.32 AM

Big Brothers Big Sisters Twin Cities gets $6M of Mackenzie Scott donation

The donation is the largest the organization has ever seen from a single individual.

Hennepin Avenue S.

Minneapolis accused of backtracking on 24/7 bus lanes for Hennepin Ave.

The Minneapolis City Council is set to vote on Thursday.

Pexels - face mask covid holding

Duluth brings back masking in city buildings amid COVID surge

Duluth, in one of the state's current COVID hotspots, has brought back a mask requirement in city buildings.

covid

Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Tuesday, May 24

Minnesota has now surpassed 12,600 COVID deaths.

Related

white-shepard-dog-wikimedia-commons-crop-resize

Dog dies after being found shot, left in ditch

Authorities are asking for help figuring out who did it.

Charges: Southern Minnesotan man strangled his mother

She was fatally strangled at their home in Jackson, Minnesota.

Screen Shot 2019-11-13 at 9.55.10 PM

Charges: Man shot and killed dog in front of 2 toddlers

An argument over finances led to the shooting, according to a criminal complaint.

Sheriff: Man stalked woman, stole dog and left it in the cold

It happened in Fosston in northwest Minnesota.

Charges: Man's wife died during 'death party'

The 58-year-old man removed his wife from a nursing home against expert advice.

Man shot, killed overnight in downtown Minneapolis

It happened near the 300 block of 1st Ave. N.

bison

Bison shot in the eye, killed in rural Minnesota

It's illegal to kill bison without a permit.