St. Louis, MO (KSDK) - A 38-year-old man and his dog were beaten Tuesday following a dispute over dog poop, the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department said.
According to Katie O'Sullivan, a police spokeswoman, the incident occurred around 11:15 a.m. at the Lucas Park Dog Park, located at N. 13th and St. Charles streets. The victim, who has not been identified, was walking his dog and allowed his pet to defecate on the grass, near one suspect's daughter.
That suspect confronted the victim and an argument ensued, O'Sullivan said. The victim then began shouting racial slurs at the suspect, and other people who approached after overhearing the argument.
O'Sullivan said the victim continued yelling racial slurs at the first suspect and others, resulting in the beating. The victim and his dog were struck repeatedly with rebar from a nearby construction site.
Bike offers apprehended the first suspect, but the victim said that person was not the person who hit him. The first suspect was arrested for peace disturbance.
Police are trying to identify and locate other suspects.
The investigation remains ongoing.