Carbondale dog killing case continued to next month |

Carbondale dog killing case continued to next month

The Carbondale man who killed his neighbor’s Rottweiler after it strayed onto his property last month was granted a continuance yesterday in the state’s case against him.

Ted Coffman was first scheduled to appear in district court on Sept. 14 to face misdemeanor charges of “cruelty to animals” and “prohibited use of a weapon,” related to the Aug. 19 incident. He received a continuance until yesterday, when his attorney filed a motion for discovery and was granted a continuance until Oct. 19, according to court records.

The Oct. 19 date is slated as a “dispositional hearing,” meaning Coffman will either enter into a plea agreement or enter a plea.

According to police reports, Coffman shot and killed the Rottweiler the morning of Aug. 19 after it came onto his property on several previous occasions. He said he had complained about the dog to both the owners of the dog and Pitkin County Sheriff’s deputies. Coffman later told authorities that the dog’s aggressive behavior made his family feel captive in their own home, which they had moved into about three weeks before the shooting.

Cynthia Tanis, the owner of the dog, pleaded guilty to “dog control and licensing violations” Sept. 15 in Pitkin County Court, stemming from the incident. She paid $48 in court costs and fines.

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