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'Aggressive' man accused of threatening family after his dog killed their puppy

'Aggressive' man accused of threatening family after his dog killed their puppy

A local man allegedly decided to threaten a family after they reported to authorities that their puppy had been killed by the man's dog.

Photo: Eric Anderson

Deputies from the Olmsted County Sheriff's Office first responded to the 3800 block of Highway 14 SE in the Marion Township around 8:40 p.m. on Saturday. A woman reported that a neighbor's pit bull had attacked her 8-week-old English springer spaniel.

The woman told authorities that the pit bull went after her family's dog "unprovoked." The puppy was taken to a local veterinarian's office, where it died a short time later. 

Officers cited the pit bull's owner,  44-year-old Eric Anderson, for failing to keep the dog under control. He was "hostile" and "aggressive" with officers, according to a report from the sheriff's office.

Then around 10 a.m. the following morning, the woman reported that Anderson confronted her over the incident. He allegedly made threats against the woman and her family.

Anderson initially refused to leave his apartment when officers arrived. However, he eventually surrendered and was taken into custody. He faces charges for making terroristic threats.

"Dogs are a reflection of their owners," said Capt. Scott Behrns of the sheriff's office. "And this was very much the case here."

Officials from Marion will review the dog-related incident before deciding whether to impose any restrictions on Anderson.


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