Vet tech killed neighbor’s dogs with rifle

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In McMinnville, Oregon, a registered vet tech shot and killed her neighbor’s two dogs with a rifle for running onto her property. According to KatuNews, Nicole Wood used a hunting rifle and a handgun to kill the dogs.

On Friday, the Yamhill County Sheriff’s deputies arrived at Wood’s home located  at Southwest Peavine Road concerning reports of a shooting. One of  the owners of the two dogs was present and identified the deceased dogs as a 3-year-old German shorthaired pointer named Danner, and a 6-year-old Boxer named Shelby. Neither of the dogs had been aggressive nor posed any harm.

Wood has been charged with two counts of first degree animal abuse. It is not a crime to shoot dogs if they chase, injure or kill livestock on public or private property. Citizens can also defend themselves against an aggressive dog threatening harm to them or another pet. Jodi Whiting, a dog control officer with the Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office, stated this was not the case.

Wood, 43, has been a registered veterinary technician in the state for over 20 years. She is scheduled to appear in court in December 2.

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(Photo of vet tech via Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office)

24 replies
      • Sev's mom says:

        This article doesn’t mention that her cat was killed by the dogs and that the neighbors were warned. Seems strange that the owner’s chose to let the dogs continue to run with no regard for the safety of their neighbor’s animals (she also owns a chihuahua).
        Why is this site omitting facts in this case?

      • Barkley's Mom says:

        That may be true that the dogs killed her cat but I have seen no mention of the cat in any of the articles I’ve read about this incident. So why was the cat running loose. Mine never did. This is not the way for a Vet Tech or anyone else to act no matter what the dogs did. You call the authorities if you have a problem. You don’t murder pets. Also as stated in the artlcle: “It is not a crime to shoot dogs if they chase, injure or kill livestock on public or private property. Citizens can also defend themselves against an aggressive dog threatening harm to them or another pet. Jodi Whiting, a dog control officer with the Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office, stated this was not the case.” Wouldn’t they have been aware of the cat incident?

  1. Barkley's Mom says:

    This POS Vet Tech is right up there with the scum bag Veterinarian that killed the cat with the bow and arrow. You would think someone who works taking care of animals would have compassion and not be shooting their neighbor’s dogs!. My condolences to the neighbor and now that you know what kind of a POS you have for a neighbor, take better steps to keep your dogs home!.

    • Linda Szymoniak says:

      That was the first thing I thought of. I wonder if they know each other. Both should never be around animals ever again. You’d think if anyone would understand the actions of these dogs and know how to deal with the situation in a compassionate manner, it would be someone trained to work with animals. Perhaps the vet needs to be given her bow and arrow and have her face off with this vet tech with her riffle. Let them fight to the death…..

    • Sev's mom says:

      Not saying that shooting the dogs is what I would do or was a good decision. It appears that Cheryl Hanna got her information from KATU Portland and they left out a lot including the fact that this lady’s cat was killed by the dogs. The local county newspaper mentioned the cat incident.

      This is a rural area of Oregon. As a child I remember being warned by a neighbor that if my dog so much as put one paw on his property that he would shoot him and he meant it. There were lots of sheep, cattle and horses and you couldn’t just let your dogs roam. I remember a neighbor who lost a dozen sheep to dogs in his barn one night. Dogs that killed weren’t given a second chance.

      People may not feel any different knowing any of this and that’s okay but it only seems fair that the loss of the cat be included in any article about this case.

      • Barkley's Mom says:

        I would think if the authorities were aware of the cat being killed then they wouldn’t have arrested her, It would seem the law reads that it’s ok to kill someone’s dog if it is a danger to you or your pet.I don’t condone people allowing their pets to roam on people’s property, especially if they have been warned, but I still think a vet tech should know how to handle this better and understand dog behavior enough to be able to handle the situation without killing two dogs. Dogs shouldn’t have to pay such a price if the owners are irresponsible! I know we were approached by hunters one time who told us they would shoot our dogs if they saw them chasing deer. We made sure our dogs never left our property, that’s what responsible pet owners do.

  2. edward says:

    You pos. Your a fuckin vet. Tec? Photo not a real vet your disgrace to the uniform retire b**** you look like a drug addict f****** ugly looking eyes and face looks creepy as s*** don’t worry my friend, see her and she is a b**** her name is karma

  3. Marion Weston says:

    Hope she was sacked straight away! Wouldn’t want her, or anyone that would employ her looking after my animals! Shocked and disgusted!

  4. linda says:

    POS. If she can do this it makes me wonder if she ever abused the animals where she worked. I hope they fire her ass. Why would she have done this. They weren’t aggressive.

  5. Trecia Juhnke says:

    Definetly not in the right line of work.Its sad she is from Oregon. Being a vet tech she knew it was wrong to kill these two beautiful dogs.Prays to the families of the dogs. My heart aches for your loss.

  6. Mary says:

    This POS is obviously disturbed & unfit to take care of animals…period!! Please tell me she lost her job and license!! It would be even better if she’s banned from ever owning a pet…I don’t care if it’s a goldfish or a turtle…she’s evil and has no empathy or compassion!

  7. Deborah J. says:

    Put this FOOL in jail. This shooting could have been involved Children instead of dogs. This person is a danger to society. Make it happen!

  8. Brandi says:

    Vet tech? Really I would seriously be questioning every animal she ever came in contact with.. demented crack head.. YES needs to loose her licsense immediately she murdered two innocent dogs… boycott her “place of employment” also until AND investigation is done also..

  9. Shelley Burchfiel says:

    Veterinarians work hard to keep our animals healthy and when they’re hurt help to heal them. It makes me sick to know that there’s somebody on the inside that would actually hurt animals like this woman has it makes me wonder if she deliberately hurt animals while they were in her Care at the veterinarian hospital on 3rd Street in McMinnville. I took my dog there back in 1995 and that evening she was in horrible pain the emergency number accidentally gave me Dr. Woods home phone number and dr. Wood was very rude to me with no concern or regard for my pet only upset and concerned how I got his home number .i have never went back. it would not sadden me one bit if this affects the practice to where it gets shut down. They are only in for the money is what I feel because they are the highest priced veterinarian clinic around the area. I’ve also heard that animal neglect and cruelty is going to be a felony I’m not sure if it’s in effect yet but I sure hope so in this case especially!


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