Police said the man had scissors and blood on hands when officers arrived.
Police said a University City man cut off portions of a pit bull’s ears Wednesday at his home. Mark Shepperd, 41, of the 7400 block of Wayne Avenue, was charged with animal abuse, torture or mutilation as a persistent offender. University City Police said that when officers arrived at his home, Shepperd was holding scissors and a hose, and he had blood on his hands and shoes. The chocolate and white, 6-month-old pit bull’s legs and mouth were taped up, and its ears were bleeding, police reported. Shepperd is being held in St. Louis County jail in lieu of a $25,000 bond. For more crime information on University City Patch, see the following articles: