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Dog shooting was unnecessary

I was quite disturbed to hear of the senseless and unnecessary shooting of a dog around Labor Day.

Someone took the life of a friend of mine. This dog was family; people loved him! He was a friendly pup, not a feral dog nor an attack dog.

He wore a brightly colored collar and was obviously well cared for. He was playful and well-mannered and captured the hearts of all who met him with his kind eyes.

This pup had been entrusted to his current owner by someone who was recently disabled and could not properly care for his devoted friend. It was a good match. The pup was helping his new owner overcome the loss of his dog who recently succumbed to tick-borne disease. They were always seen together walking through Crosslake or sitting in the truck side by side.

The reason for the killing? Apparently this pup had gotten into the field where the individual who shot him kept his donkey. This pup was very friendly; I doubt he would harm the donkey in any way. Donkeys are used to guard and protect farm animals from coyotes and have been known to kill coyotes and unfamiliar dogs. How much of a threat could this dog have been to the donkey?

Were there alternatives to killing a playful pup? A warning shot or speaking with the owner would have been more appropriate.

Why would this individual brag about such a fatal action? Obviously there is no remorse. How insensitive and heartless… how inhumane.

This was simply a callous disregard for the life of a cherished pet who will be so sorely missed by many in Crosslake.

L.S. Gregoire,

Pine River

Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
I've worked at the Brainerd Dispatch with various duties since Dec. 7, 1983. Starting off as an Ad Designer and currently Director of Audience Development. The Dispatch has been an interesting and challenging place to work. I'm fortunate to have made many friends, both co-workers and customers.
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