Concord man charged in ongoing dog custody dispute


Monitor staff
Friday, January 12, 2018

A Concord man is accused of assaulting his sister during a dog custody dispute in Manchester last month.

Christopher McCall, 36, is charged with a felony count of reckless conduct and a misdemeanor count of simple assault in connection with the Dec. 1 incident, according to court records. He waived his arraignment Thursday in Hillsborough County Superior Court in Manchester.

McCall and his wife had taken a pitbull from relatives in Manchester, and two weeks later reported that the dog was stolen from them outside their Concord apartment, police said.

In the Manchester incident, the couple is accused of taking the dog, prompting McCall’s sister to give chase and jump on the hood of the couple’s jeep.

McCall is accused of speeding away with his sister on the car’s hood, which is the basis for the reckless conduct charge. After traveling a short distance, police say, McCall got out of the car and pulled his sister off the hood before taking off.

Fourteen days later, McCall’s wife reported she had been knocked to the ground and her dog stolen in the capital city. The couple shared the incident widely on social media, but didn’t mention the possibility that relatives had taken the dog.

Concord police quickly characterized the incident as a dog custody dispute.

Lt. Sean Ford said Friday the investigation into the Dec. 14 incident in Concord is suspended pending any new information or evidence.

“We are not pursuing a criminal case after review of information and evidence. Dog ownership, in this case, is better left for civil court or peaceful mediation,” he said.