Mayor Under Fire After Shooting Dogs

A shooting in a small southeast Kansas town leaves two pets dead, and the man behind the gun is the city's mayor.

Don Call, the mayor of McCune, Kansas says he was protecting his city. But now he could face criminal charges of animal cruelty.

Mayor Call had been dealing with many complaints over the last six months about a couple of dogs. While the dog attacks never became violent, Call says their aggressive actions intimidated many residents.

The mayor says he had warned the owner to get rid of the dogs or else he would do it himself. And the mayor was not all bark.

After receiving a complaint Sunday, that the dogs had jumped through a screen to chase some children, Call loaded up his rifle and drove to the property. Once he spotted the dogs, he fired several times from his car.

Local law enforcement says the mayor should not have pulled the trigger, but should have picked up the phone. The only 911 call made was from a witness to the shooting.

The response of the community appears to be mixed, with some offering their support to their mayor, and others who say he overreacted with an inhumane act.

The Crawford County Sheriff says an affidavit of arrest was sent to the county attorney office who will decide whether to issue a warrant for the arrest of Mayor Call.

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