Joseph Jackson loved dogs but keeping 50 proved too much for neighbors, he responded by shooting one in the neck – Fear Thy Neighbor investigates the case.
Texas resident James Cole moved in with his girlfriend and the pair initially got on OK with their neighbor, Joseph Jackson. Jackson was a handyman, who also liked to breed dogs and who’d recently began to increase the number of dogs he was keeping at his property. As the number of dogs hit 50, Cole started to report Jackson to the police and other authorities saying that the animals were becoming a nuisance and could even be dangerous.
Things came to a head one morning in in 2006 when Cole awoke to find several of Jackson’s dogs running around the property where he lived with his girlfriend and family. Jackson was attempting to round up the dogs and Cole went down to the mailbox to speak to him. Their exchange soon became heated and Jackson went back to his house to get a gun. When he returned, Jackson pointed the gun at Cole’s chest and threatened him and his family. Cole then attempted to push Jackson away, at which point Jackson shot him in the neck.
Luckily Cole survived the attack and Jackson was soon arrest and charged with aggravated assault. He was found guilty and sentenced to seven years in prison, with the verdict being upheld on appeal.
Fear Thy Neighbor – Pack Mentality – airs at 2:00 PM on Investigation Discovery.