A LaPorte couple are seeking criminal charges against their neighbor after he allegedly ran over their 20-year-old black Labrador on purpose.
Steve Forrester, of LaPorte, said he watched in shock as his neighbor allegedly parked his vehicle in his driveway, got out, saw the dog sitting in his yard, got back into his vehicle and ran over the 80-pound dog.
“It was the most horrible thing I've seen in my life,” Forrester said. “My wife has been crying every day. I can't eat, I can't sleep, I start to shake sometimes. We miss her terribly. We dreaded the day we'd lose her, but to see her die that way, it was horrible.”
The dog, Kenzie, had been a member of the family for more than 15 years and was a former guard dog at the state prison in Westville, Monique Forrester said. Kenzie, though a senior dog, was described as lively and loved playing with the couples' grandchildren and taking golf cart rides.
According to a LaPorte County Sheriff's report, on Friday afternoon police were called by the neighbor who told police it was an accident.
The LaPorte County Sheriff's office said whether the man will be charged is being discussed between the case detective and prosecutor.
According to the report, the neighbor initially called police saying he ran over his neighbor's dog on accident and his neighbor was threatening him.
When the police arrived on scene, Steve Forrester told authorities that he went outside and saw that his four dogs were in the neighbor's yard and called them back to his property according to the report. Kenzie, who was deaf because of age, stayed sitting in the neighbor's yard.
It was then that Steve Forrester said the neighbor, who pulled into the driveway, allegedly saw Kenzie sitting in the grass, got back into his vehicle, backed up and drove forward on top of Kenzie with his left front tire.
“That was enough, but the next part is what got me,” Steve Forrester said. “He got out and casually started to walk to his house like nothing happened. This was an 80-pound dog. You would know if you hit it.”
According to the report, a verbal argument ensued. The neighbor said Steve Forrester threatened him saying he was going to shoot him in the face. Steve Forrester said the neighbor told him to “get [the dogs] off my property or I'll hit all of them.”
Steve Forrester said he never threatened to shoot the neighbor, but did “invite him to the driveway to settle our differences,” according to the police report.
When Monique Forrester found out about the situation from her husband on the phone, she drove her car over the neighbor's wire fence causing damage, which she admitted to police once they arrived.
She also allegedly admitted to police to doing a "donut" in his yard.
“I know I shouldn't have done it, but I was angry and upset,” Monique Forrester said. “I don't see how anyone could do that to an animal, if it was an accident then that's different. [Kenzie] was 20 years old, I've had her longer than I've had my grandkids.”
Monique Forrester was charged with property damage, according to the police report.
After the incident, the couple took Kenzie to the vets and the dog was euthanized because of her injuries.