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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