Bluffs man allegedly shoots dog, arrested for animal cruelty

By Ryne Turke on October 5, 2015 at 11:43am

A Bluffs man spent the weekend behind bars after he shot and killed a neighboring dog.

Officer Brandon Early of the Bluffs Police Department was the arresting officer and says the incident took place Friday night in Bluffs near the 200 block of Branch.

According to Early, a male dog named Rampage got loose and approached a female dog that belonged to 38-year-old Phillip Lovekamp.

Early noted the Lovekamp’s dog was tied up at the time and when Rampage approached, he walked outside to untangle his dog’s chain.

Early’s report claims that Rampage showed no signs of aggression, but because the dogs were of opposite sex, Lovekamp was afraid of being attacked if he approached them.

Early noted that Lovekamp went back into his residence to retrieve a gun, walked back outside and fatally shot Rampage.

Lovekamp was arrested and charged with aggravated cruelty to an animal and reckless discharge of a firearm.

Greene County Deputies confirmed that Lovekamp was released from the Greene County jail on Sunday.