After a man and woman argued over a dog, she promised to take her pet to an animal shelter, but he fatally shot the dog in St. Paul last year, according to a recent criminal charge.
Officers responded to Dayton’s Bluff to a report of shots fired June 13 at 6:30 a.m. in the 1000 block of Wakefield Avenue. They found a German Shepherd lying in an alley with a gunshot wound to the head.
Police determined the dog belonged to a woman Rondie Antwon King, 48, lived with, the complaint said, charging her with the crime of animal abuse – torture. They were a couple, police said.
Messages between King and the woman that came in early June 13 showed they were arguing over the dog, named Rocco, taking food from King’s son. “King was aggressive with Rocco, who is protective, and Rocco bit King,” the complaint states.
The woman was driving with Rocco overnight and she promised to take him to the Humane Society in the morning.
“Or just go home and go to sleep then…I’ll take care of the dog,” King wrote.
The woman replied, “I don’t want you to take care of the dog.”
She returned home and took Rocco for a ride, but King stopped and ordered them to get into the vehicle, according to the complaint. King dropped the woman off at the residence and left with Rocco, returning without him.
The woman reported that her children were distraught over Rocco’s murder and that King was no longer staying with them, according to the complaint.
A warrant has been issued for King’s arrest. He could not be reached for comment on Tuesday.