Possible unpleasant article and commentary ahead! Proceed at your own risk.
This topic should be good for some discussion / debate.
Missouri couple's dog shot and killed by landowner while running around and getting into garbage.
The dog, a "wolfdog" (or cross between a gray/timber wolf and a canine) had left his owner's 10 acre property and was shot by another landowner while
rummaging through his garbage. The shooter then sent the owner the dog's collar and an anonymous note in the mail indicating he had shot the dog and
reminding the owner of local leash laws.
In reading the article it looks as though this may not have been the first time the dog, and it's hybrid-wolf sibling had gotten out and were roaming
Couple's dog shot
Chad Stricker spent six days searching for his 10-month-old wolfdog, Nymeria, in the Ozona community in rural Pearl River County.
Nymeria had gone missing after her usual night roaming of Stricker’s 10-acre property with her older brother, Ghost.
Ghost, a white wolf-hybrid dog, came back early Saturday night without his sister.
So, what would YOU do as a landowner in this circumstance??? Who was wrong here?
At first glance this act may seem cruel and unreasonable, and I suspect many here will agree. However, I suspect some may also gain some insight into
the "other" point of view.
So, without further adieu, here's what I would have done. Would I have shot the dog? Maybe...possibly even probably. Would I have attempted to see
if the dog was a pet or not? Yes, most likely, but this would have had little to do with my ultimate decision.
I likely first, given the chance, would have attempted to identify the dog and its owner. And then I would have contacted the owner if I could find
them and warned them not to let their dogs roam free off their property (and I have done this on more than a couple occasions. I was also very clear
about the likely result if they failed to keep their dogs on their property (i.e. they would be shot)).
The article says the dog was a "sweetheart", but everyone says that about their dog. This dog was also part Wolf too. Now, being a Wolf will
instantly up your chances of getting shot around here! Sweetheart or not!
Now, if the dog showed up repeatedly (which the article doesn't mention), or if the dog acted like it was going to attack...it would have been DRT
(Dead Right There).
I'm sure my view may seem cruel, but all you have to do is lose a couple calves or a cow to a pack of dogs, a wolf or some coyotes to have a
completely different mindset. I'm a dog lover, but I make sure my dogs stay where they belong, and I fully realize if they don't they too are at risk
of being shot. Roaming dogs is never a good thing. Plus, if the wolf-dog was in the garbage this would be an indicator the dog is possibly
hungry...which is even more risk to the livestock.
One thing I wouldn't
have done in this scenario was leave an anonymous note. That's just chickenS#! I would have delivered the dog, and his
collar, back to the owner and explained what happened...like any responsible landowner should do. It's a serious matter, and it deserves serious
I'm sorry for the man's loss, but I blame the death on the owner, not the dog.
What say you??
edit on 12/23/2019 by Flyingclaydisk because: (no reason given)