ST. CHARLES TOWNSHIP – If it wasn’t bad enough that a St. Charles Township man’s dog died after being hit by a car, his neighbor allegedly posted a spray painted sign on his lawn stating, “Dog killer lives here,” with an arrow pointing to the man's house, according to Kane County Sheriff’s reports.
Robert T. Metzger, 59, of the 5N100 block of Grove Avenue, St. Charles Township, was charged May 31 with disorderly conduct in connection with posting the sign in his neighbor's front yard, reports stated.
The incident began when the owner of the 2-year-old yellow lab, a resident of the 35W300 block of Lambert Avenue, St. Charles Township, received a call at 5:15 a.m. May 31 that his dog had been hit by a car and killed on Route 25, reports stated.
The dog’s owner replied that the dog was asleep on the bed inside the house, but then realized the dog was missing, reports stated.
The owner surmised that the dog had snuck out of an open window during the night, reports stated.
The owner met a St. Charles police officer on Route 25, who helped him load the dog into his car. Later, the man and his 13-year-old son buried the dog in the back yard, reports stated.
Then the man’s brother called to tell him of a sign posted in his front yard, reports stated.
The sign was 47 inches wide by 17.5 inches high which was screwed onto a wooden post put into the ground, reports stated.
A sheriff’s deputy took the sign down to place it into evidence. Then Metzger drove up, parked and walked up to the officer “in an aggressive manner and said, ‘Where the [expletive] is my sign?’”
The officer asked Metzger if he had made the sign and Metzger replied, “I did. He’s a [expletive] dog killer!” referring to his neighbor.
Metzger also said of his neighbor, “He will get his!” prompting the deputy to advise the neighbor to seek a stalking no-contact order from a judge.
Metzger posted $120 bond or 10 percent of the $1,200 bail that was set. He is scheduled to appear in branch court June 14.