An area man is being charged after police say he assaulted his girlfriend and her dog.

Christopher Lachance, 24, is being charged with a class E felony of domestic assault in the third degree, a class E felony of unlawful use of a weapon and a class A misdemeanor of animal abuse.

According to a probable cause statement, on Dec. 8 a St. Francois County deputy was called to a home in the 5,000 block of Jarvis Road for a physical altercation.

When the deputy arrived he found Lachance drunk and fighting with his girlfriend.

She said he had struck her several times and she said she was able to push Lachance away. Once she was able to push him away, Lachance went into her bedroom and grabbed her dog out of its kennel by its neck. Lachance began violently throwing the dog around the room.

The woman said once Lachance released her dog, he walked her outside with a Glock 43 9mm handgun and fired it into the ground. Lachance told the woman that was what he was going to do to her and her dog.

The deputy reported that Lachance was visibly drunk and when he went to retrieve the gun out of Lachance’s car he found a 12 pack of beer.

Lachance was arrested and taken to the St. Francois County Jail and charges were later filed. He is wanted on a $12,500 bond.

Renee Bronaugh is a reporter for the Daily Journal and can be reached at 573-518-3617 or