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Mistrial declared in Creston dog killing case

Posted at 3:02 PM, Feb 12, 2020

A mistrial was declared in the case of a Creston man charged with shooting and killing his neighbor's dog.

The trial for Stephen Almond, who was charged in late 2018 with misdemeanor animal cruelty, began last week in San Luis Obispo County Superior Court.

The Murray family said their Rhodesian Ridgeback named Snoop was a great protector who would look out for coyotes on their 45-acre piece of land.

The family says Almond shot Snoop from a sniper tower in his yard when the dog crossed into Almond's property.

Jury deliberations began late last week and continued into early this week, but the San Luis Obispo County District Attorney’s Office says the jury was unable to reach a verdict and a mistrial was declared.