A Missouri man is not allowed to argue that his alleged killing of a dog in Joliet was a legal act of euthanasia, according to court records.
On Jan. 2, Will County Chief Judge Richard Schoenstedt barred Frank Hickmon, 28, of Jefferson, Missouri, from arguing that his actions when he allegedly shot and killed a cane corso named Loco amounted to him “legally euthanizing the animal in question,” according to court records.
Hickmon was charged June 25 with killing Loco. He then allegedly buried the dog in the owner’s yard with the help of the owner’s son.
Hickmon has pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Will County Assistant Public Defender Kylie Blatti was assigned to represent Hickmon, who had been representing himself.
Will County Assistant State’s Attorney Jeffrey Brown had filed a motion to oppose Hickmon’s testimony that what he did was euthanasia.
Brown requested that Hickmon not make the claim at trial because it was a “false statement in this fact scenario and completely misstates the law.”
Brown said Hickmon did not follow the guidelines laid out by the American Veterinary Medical Association for euthanasia of a companion animal.
The guidelines state the shooting of an animal should be performed only by high skilled personnel trained in the use of firearms and that gunshots are not recommended as a “routine approach to the euthanasia of dogs, cats or other small companion animals.”
Hickmon has said he believed Loco’s killing was justified because the dog allegedly attacked others.