DECATUR — A Decatur man said his dog, Ava, chased off an intruder from his property on Sunday, but the German shepherd was killed when it was hit by a car.
The intruder, a 30-year-old man, was being treated at HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital when he left the premises and ran through the surrounding neighborhood, Decatur police detective Sgt. Chris Copeland said in an email.
He “was eventually taken into custody after a foot chase in the 1000 block of East Riverside Avenue, wearing a large gray winter coat and boots that he apparently took from a porch in the area,” Copeland said.
The man was wanted by police on previous charges, Copeland said. When he was captured by police, he was returned to St. Mary’s for treatment, and later released into police custody and booked into the Macon County Jail. He faces a preliminary charge of obstructing/resisting police, Copeland said.
Preliminary charges are subject to review by the state’s attorney’s office.
On Facebook, Ava’s owner, Kyle Fulk, called Ava a “hero” and said the man was caught due to her efforts to chase him away from his property.
“And you gave the ultimate sacrifice to protect me," Fulk said. “I love you. So, today I say rest in paradise.”