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Man kills neighbor and dog because puppy defecated in his yard

By Mason White 3:04 PM July 9, 2017
Larry Bates
Larry Bates
By: Tanya Clark

(Scroll down for video) A man who became extremely angry about his neighbor’s dog defecating on his property, decided to kill the puppy and its owner, according to police in Georgia.

Auburn police said that they have arrested Larry Bates, 46, after being accused of killing Paul Wilson, 44, and the victim’s dog.

Bates has been charged with murder and animal cruelty.

According to the police investigation, Wilson came home from work at around 1:20 a.m., on Sunday.

He then took his two dogs out for a walk, while his wife Beth, remained home to clean up the kitchen and get ready for bed.

Suddenly, Beth heard the sounds of gunshots.

She ran outside and found her husband lying on the floor with gunshot wounds.

One of her two dogs were also shot.

She called for help, but Wilson and the dog died.

Beth said that she believed Bates shot her husband and their dog because he thought that their dogs were defecating on his property.

Family and friends of Wilson opened a GoFundMe campaign to help Beth, and they described what happened that night: “Several months of harassment by Larry Bates resulted in many instances of police involvement.

“Larry, living directly across the street from Paul, his wife Beth and his mother-in-law, believed the family dogs were pooping in his yard.

“Paul, wanting to diffuse the situation, offered to clean up any dog waste regardless of its origin. Larry was caught many times waiting and watching for Paul’s walks with his dogs after Paul’s late night return home from work.

“Paul returned home from work on July 2nd at 1:00 a.m., and took his dogs out for a walk.

Three houses down, Larry Bates shot Paul in the head and the torso, and shot the family dog, killing them both. A second family dog escaped, running home.

“His wife Beth, heard the shots, ran down the street toward Paul, passing Larry Bates who was quickly making his way back toward his home.”