Sherman Police said two neighbors’ ongoing dispute over a dog reportedly escalated last weekend when an elbow was thrown.


Sgt. Brett Mullen said officers responded to the 300 block of West Moore Street at approximately 9:30 p.m. last Saturday after dispatchers fielded a criminal trespass complaint from a male homeowner. Officers arrived on scene and learned the man had previously agreed to care of a dog while his female neighbor was unable to do so. It was unclear how long the man cared for the dog, but a department incident report said the man claimed the animal as his own. Mullen said the resulting dispute between the neighbors then came to a head on Saturday night.


“The (female) suspect entered the (male) victim’s backyard and took possession of the dog,” Mullen said. “The victim then went to the suspect’s house to retrieve the dog and, during that exchange, the victim was assaulted by the suspect.”


The department’s report said the man was struck in the head, but Mullen said he was not seriously injured.


Citing the ownership dispute as a civil matter, Mullen said officers made no determination about the dog’s rightful home and it was left in the woman’s possession. No arrest was made and no charges were filed, but Mullen said the department had completed its investigation of the incident as an assault and criminal trespass and the results would be forwarded to the Grayson County District Attorney’s Office for consideration of criminal charges.


Mullen said while disagreements between neighbors do occur, violence remains an illegal and ineffective means of solving any such problems.


“If you ever foresee there being any type of physical conflict, do what you can to get out of that situation and call police,” Mullen said. “We can come and help sort it out.”


Drew Smith is the crime and emergency reporter for the Herald Democrat. Contact him at asmith@heralddemocrat.com or on Twitter @Drew SmithHD.