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Dog slain with crossbow



Published: Tue, April 22, 2014 @ 12:05 a.m.

Man also charged in deaths of dogs in unrelated case

By Peter H. Milliken

milliken@vindy.com

YOUNGSTOWN

The owners of Dorian Books and Full Circle Florist at Madison Avenue and Elm Street are devastated over the fatal shooting of their 8-year-old purebred male golden retriever with a crossbow late Sunday.

“I heard a loud snap and then a yelp,” said Rodd Coonce, bookstore and flower shop co-owner. Coonce said his dog, Teddie, was shot at 6 p.m. in the parking lot of an apartment house next to his nearby Madison Avenue residence on the city’s North Side.

The arrow went through the dog’s side and was found on the ground, Coonce said.

Nobody has been charged in the case.

“If someone has that little regard for even the life of an animal, I would be afraid they would have little regard for human life,” Coonce said, adding he has no idea what the shooter’s motive might have been.

It was an otherwise joyous weekend for Coonce and his business partner, Jack Peterson, who had just celebrated the 11th anniversary of their Music at Madison program Saturday evening at Dorian Books.

Easter also was a warm and sunny day, Coonce noted.

“It was a celebratory day, and then to have that kind of unnecessary destruction makes it hurt even more,” Coonce said.

“He was our baby. He was our boy,” Peterson said of Teddie.

Coonce told police he saw Teddie come into the yard bleeding and then collapse on his rear porch.

Police saw the dog lying dead, with blood coming from its left side. They traced the blood drops to the rear of a Pennsylvania Avenue apartment building, where they found the broken arrow with a small pool of fresh blood nearby.

City Prosecutor Dana Lantz said animal cruelty is a first-degree misdemeanor on the first offense, carrying up to six months in jail and a fine up to $1,000.

Repeat offenses are a fifth-degree felony carrying six months to a year in prison and a fine up to $2,500.

In an unrelated case also investigated by city police and the Mahoning County Dog Warden’s Office, two other dogs were found dead on the West Side. Police charged Todd Wollen, 43, of Burbank Avenue on Sunday with animal cruelty and domestic violence in that incident.

In the West Side case, police were called to a North Portland Avenue residence, where they found a woman sitting on her front porch clutching her dead dog, Grace, who appeared to have a puncture wound on her torso behind her left front paw.

The woman told police that Wollen, her live-in boyfriend of two years, killed two of her dogs and dropped off Grace at her new North Portland Avenue residence about 3:30 p.m. Sunday.

The woman told police Wollen assaulted her at her new residence Thursday afternoon, grabbing her and throwing her up against the house and through a doorway after he unsuccessfully tried to force her into his car.

The woman also told police she had to move out of Wollen’s home after Wollen pinned her down on a bed and smacked her head on its headboard April 7.

Police went to Wollen’s residence and said they found another of the woman’s dogs, Simon, dead, stuffed in a plastic bag and placed in the freezer.

Police arrested Wollen in a traffic stop in the 100 block of North Schenley Avenue at 6:30 p.m. Sunday.


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1southsidedave(4777 comments)posted 3 months, 1 week ago

Todd Wollen = sick and horrible person.

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276Ytown(1215 comments)posted 3 months, 1 week ago

Unrelated incidents? Hmmm... Grace (dog) had a puncture wound to her torso, Teddie (dog) had a puncture wound to his torso?

They should charge Todd Wollen separately with each incident and then throw the book at him! Get him off the streets for a few years before he kills a someone. Wonder if he's a person of interest in the golden retriever death?

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3papa1(641 comments)posted 3 months, 1 week ago

whoever did this is a sick, subhuman person. he'll probably get a slap on the wrist. after all, "it's only a dog." if someone did that to my dog, guaranteed he'd get more than a slap on the wrist.

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4JoeFromHubbard(985 comments)posted 3 months, 1 week ago

All pet animals should be confined within the property boundaries of the owner.

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5pgurney(273 comments)posted 3 months, 1 week ago

They already have a suspect in Teddie's case. It is not Wollen, but a neighbor of Rodd's, who owns a crossbow.

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6lbf(143 comments)posted 3 months, 1 week ago

Rodd.Coonce , who's dog family member, was shot and killed with a crossbow, in studio, on w/me now
http://louiefreeshow.com

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7thirtyninedollars(174 comments)posted 3 months, 1 week ago

Those poor people. Pets are family members.
I can't imagine the grief they must be suffering right now.

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8endthismess(303 comments)posted 3 months, 1 week ago

Whether a pet is confined to a property in NO WAY gives any neighborhood hateful maniac the right to kill an animal...JoeFrom"Bubbard". How purely pathetic is your pitiful comment! Disgusting. Go back to your cave.

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9lbf(143 comments)posted 3 months ago

Rodd's on BrainFood now, talking about
We the PeopleMeeting to address dog killing, issues

YOUNGSTOWN

A public meeting will be at 7 p.m. Monday at Dorian Books, Madison Avenue and Elm Street, to form a group to address issues of concern to city residents, including, but not limited to, last Sunday’s crossbow slaying of the bookstore owners’ dog, Teddie.

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