Couple’s Golden retriever shot 5 times by neighbor who said dog attacked chicken

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In a heartbreaking incident in Lakeville, Massachusetts, a young couple continue to grieve over the shooting death of their young Golden Retriever after the  neighbor  who shot him said the dog attacked his chickens, and he feared for his life.

According to MassLive, Krissy Dashner and Pete Bates had let their two dogs out into the yard on Sunday to go for a run on their nine acre property. This time, however the dogs ran away, and for almost an hour Krissy and Pete searched and called for the dogs. Suddenly their hearts went into their throats as five shots rang out in the distance. Moments later, the couple’s German shepherd named Zeke came running towards them; the Golden retriever named Walle never returned.

The couple admit the dogs should have been confined to their runs, however they were too fast as the couple opened the doors to get the dogs situated; immediately they were in pursuit of their dogs that had mistakenly escaped.

A neighbor admitted to shooting and killing Walle – stating the dogs ran after and killed his chicken and he felt he and his wife were in danger.

“That dog was growling and teeth showing. It would’ve bit me. I’m truly sorry, but there’s nothing I could do about it,” their neighbor Mark, who shot Walle, told reporters.

Krissy and Pete state that their dog’s death was senseless. They described the 50-pound dog as a “goofball” who would never hurt a fly. The couple have since posted the name of the neighbor as Mark Vasseur; as identified in the blog Turtleboy Sports.

 “I’d like to introduce you to Mark Vasseur. He’s the Lakeville maniac who used a puppy for target practice, shooting the Golden Retriever FIVE TIMES. He made up a winding story of how scared he was as an excuse for being a hot-headed, territorial, lunatic. The mainstream media isn’t printing his named because they want to protect this guy but I’m not quite as nice. He should get everything that’s coming to him.”

Police are investigating whether there will be criminal complaints issued. For now, the couple await the decision of authorities; still their hearts are breaking.

There are no police reports of the dogs ever roaming the area without supervision.

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15 replies
  1. Nancy Raymond says:

    The blame runs in both directions, this couple should have been watching the dogs BUT this brain dead excuse for a human, much less a man, Mark Vassuer, just opened up and shot and killed their dog. Golden Retrievers are probably the most laid back dog and no way do I believe he, his wife or his chickens were in any danger – he is a hothead who should never be allowed near a gun – he killed Walle for no reason at all.

    • Bunny Peters says:

      I agree with you.

      Our neighbors’ pitbull mixes chewed through our shared fence (many years ago). Those dogs had no interest in our chickens (had 100%+ interest in ME)…….

      Find POS neighbor’s story impossible to believe……..

      Special place in Hell is waiting for him so he can burn forever for his cruelty…… If he were MY neighbor, I would be “helping” him get there ASAP……

    • Jill says:

      Agree. This Mark Vasseur is …for lack of words….a piece of shit!!! I have neighbors who have a golden retriever who is just amazing.loving..and has never shown aggression on play dates etc……
      Five shots????????????? Even one shot would have stopped this dog. But noooo this evil bastard continues over a chicken!!! Sad to lose a chicken but don’t u eat chicken?? I pray charges are brought against this loathsome human!!!!!!

  2. Barkley's Mom says:

    It’s highly doubtful that the poor Golden Retriever Walle needed to be shot 5 times and that this POS “feared for his safety”. I am willing to bet the dogs could have been shooed away with out resorting to killing! If they killed a chicken then sue the owners of the dogs don’t resort to murder! I hope Krissy Dashner and Pete Bates are able to get some justice for their dog!

    • Dave says:

      This jerk belongs in Alabama not here… Read his posts; this was target practice for Fatso. The police better not let this slide…

  3. Vicki says:

    Mark Vassuer, I’m hoping you’re reading this. YOU are an ASSHOLE and a LIAR. If you are that much of a cowardly PIECE of SHIT, that you would shoot a young Golden Retriever because you “feared for your life”, then you are a threat to others and probably even yourself. If it wasn’t for your cowardly act of shooting this young dog to death, this would be laughable. Why in hell don’t you remove yourself from society. Society has enough of whackadoodles to deal with. One less – you – would lighten the load and be of service to others. Asshole. Be glad you’re not my neighbor

  4. Adrienne says:

    A warning shot could have been given and not where this idiot hit the animal 5 times. Yes, dogs should have been on a lead under the watchful eyes of their owners, but you immediately kill a dog because you say you are afraid for your life? Bull and hope the owner get justice for their dog. The neighbor should have his gun taken away from him permanently.

    • susispot says:

      I was thinking a warning shot would have scared the dog away. I know most dogs run from fireworks. I would think a gun shot would work the same way. RIP Walle. My heart breaks for you people.

  5. Andrea says:

    I’m a German Shepherd owner. She’s my first child!! I have problems with my neighbor over her because he’s so mean and antagonizing towards her through our fence. He’s threatened her when she went in his yard. She wouldn’t show aggression if he hadn’t FU**ED with her on a REGULAR BASIS. She is 7 yrs old and has NEVER bothered a soul. UNDERSTAND I WILL PROTECT HER WITH MY LIFE! If that means him or her. She will be the survivor. NOW I also have a golden retriever and to even consider him being aggressive in any way is Ludacris!! Their breed IS NOT AGRESSIVE!!! I also understand a dog’s surroundings and owners greatly affects their temperament. I believe those dogs in the pic look happy, healthy and loved!! SOMETHING SHOULD BE DONE to the neighbor. (5)FIVE SHOTS??? MFER PLEASE!!

  6. Pamela Garlisch says:

    This doesn’t sound right at all I have a Golden Retriever and they would rather lick you to death than go after anything maliciously. It sounds like possibly there was a feud going on and the neighbor took it out on the dogs. Sounds like the neighbor needs anger management classes and never be able to own a gun again. Where was the dog found was it on the neighbor’s property and if he killed the chicken was it close by?

  7. maxiemom says:

    Reading his posts, it’s plain this is yet one more gun happy mother f’ing POS who CHOSE to kill his neighbor’s family pet just for the fun of it. I’ve known people here in the surrounding county who’ve had the exact same problem with their malevolent and gun crazy neighbors. People like that don’t care who or what they kill, as long as they kill something. If they thought they could kill a stranger walking down the road and get away with it, they’d do so.

    The authorities need to take his FB rantings into account (FB page is now shut down). He’s a gun crazy psycho who needs to lose his license and be locked up for life as far as I’m concerned. With luck, he’ll get what he deserves in prison since I doubt our justice system will deal with him as he deserves.

  8. Jennifer says:

    When least expected this bastard neighbour MUST be exterminated enabling a slow and painful death!!! OH YES!!!!
    This FW bastard will get what is coming to it!!!!

  9. Pamela Bolton says:

    Post his name far and wide. Even post his picture so people will know what this barbarian looks like. I would do everything in my power to make his life a living hell, just like the one you are having to live. Did he have proof that that particular dog hurt his chickens. I doubt it. If they were so precious why were they not locked up? He is just spewing BS to justify his murdering the dog. Sue his butt. Make his life HELL.


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