Man fatally shot rescued shepherd

Man claims he shot and killed his rescued shepherd because she was dying

A man in Annapolis, Maryland, is facing a felony animal cruelty charge after he shot and killed his German shepherd. According to CBS Baltimore, William Mitchell Harrell has claimed that he killed the two-year-old German shepherd, “Doobie,” because she became ill after eating a foam pillow.

Harrell explained to Fox Baltimore how his dog was suffering:

“She was a beautiful Shepard named Doobie. By yesterday morning, she was laying between the two houses trying to find a place to die, her legs had given out she had body tremors. I just didn’t want to see my dog suffer anymore. I loved that dog. I have had dogs all my life, I raised dogs. they sleep with us. to think I did something that was cruel, I would rather take a whoopin’ then hurt an animal.”

The dog had apparently been adopted by Harrell just two months before he shot and killed her. No explanation as to why the dog was not taken to a veterinarian after eating the pillow.

(Screenshot via Twitter)


Surrendered puppy in danger at shelter that is filled to capacity – read the story here.

30 replies
  1. Linda Szymoniak says:

    Idiot. At least TRY to save the dog by taking her to the vet. The foam filling you find in pillows can be treated with fire proofing, and that can really do damage to a dog’s digestive tract. The same with the filling on kids’ toys. Stuffed toys made for dogs and cats don’t have it, although eating the stuffing out of a toy can still cause a blockage. This man needs to be charged for neglect, at the very least.

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  2. Barkley's Mom says:

    Yes, I would like an explanation as to why the dog wasn’t taken to the vet after she ate the pillow, I don’t believe his story, anyone who loved their dog would have taken the dog to the VET! He must have been reading about the Virginia POS that shot his dog in the head to “end it’s suffering”.This was not in the middle of the night and went on for several days that he could have sought help for the “dog he loved so much”. I hope they throw the book at him and he is never allowed another pet! Rest in peace Doobie, I’m sorry you were “adopted” by this POS!

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  3. pennysdachshund says:

    THIS TOTAL EGOTISTICAL PRICK NEEDS TO HAVE PLUG inserted in his rectum SO he can’t defecate UNTIL HIS intestines BURST!!! HIS LEGS GIVE OUT & he DIES SUFFERING IN HIS OWN VOMIT & URINE !!!! Loved his dog BULLSHIT!!!! I he loved her so much and FULL WELL KNEW she had eaten a pillow he needed to take her to have surgery or put down so as to not suffer a HORRIFIC PAINFUL DEATH!!! Hope his wife doesn’t have GALLBLADDER ISSUES!!!!!

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  4. Joanne says:

    Angel Doobie, you deserved so much better. You didn’t even have a chance to blossom. The heartless scum bag that horrifically shot and killed you was angry just because you chewed a worthless pillow. That bastard made up the LAME excuse that you were sick so he wouldn’t be prosecuted for his horrific abuse to you. Angel Doobie, you were so young, still a puppy. Rest in Sweet Heavenly Peace, Angel Doobie, you are now safe in the tender loving care of Jesus. Play and run with the Angels in Heaven’s soft white clouds. You are loved and will not be forgotten. Angel Doobie, I am praying for your deserved justice. RIP and God Bless You, Baby Doobie ♥️⛅️????????????☁️♥️

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  5. Sherry says:

    Hey asshole, my dog ate a stuffed animal and a rubber ball and had an intestinal blockage. When she showed symptoms and couldn’t eat and was throwing up and finally curled up in a ball, I rushed her to the vet. It was an intestinal blockage and the dog could have been saved by bringing her to a vet. Sometimes surgery isn’t even necessary. Why just shoot her? What an asshole. He is no dog lover.

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    • linda says:

      Agree. I would like to know why he didn’t bring his dog to the vets. That would have been my first thought and action.

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  6. maxiemom. says:

    TAKE THE DOG TO A VET!!! NO EXCUSES!!! This filthy POS did something EXTRAORDINARILY cruel, and belongs in jail for it! To simply kill his dog, rather than seek help for her, is despicable! Someone please lock this scum up and throw away the key.

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  7. Merri Cassel says:

    this is a “garbage” explanation!! if he cared about the dog he would have rushed to a vet….Poor baby…RIP

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  8. Jessica says:

    Because there is probably more to the story. So he makes up a bogus story to keep from doing jail time. Everybody knows the first instinct is to take your pet to the vet.

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  9. Lindy says:

    She probably would have needed surgery at a $2000 or more cost so he just ignored her pain and out her down. That’s awful. Don’t get a dig if your not prepared to take care if them. That’s animal cruelty!

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  10. 19thcenturylady says:

    This proves there are white trash redneck ignorant asshole men everywhere. He could have taken her back to the place where he adopted her. He could have taken her to a vet. He could have looked up a rescue to take her. Anything other than let her suffer in agony and then act like a backwoods farmer and shoot her. She trusted him and he violated that trust at every turn. Someone PLEASE educate these morons. Shooting your pet is not merciful. It is not the first solution. It is not ANY solution. Enter the 21st century and take your dog to the vet. Shooting your dog is nothing less than betrayal. Period. Hope this moron never owns another dog.

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  11. Tracy Whitcomb says:

    Stupid asshole needs to be charged. If she was sick he should have been taken to the Vet. Since he din’t he should have taken her. Charge Him.

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  12. Amy Bennett says:

    Ok, you people are judging a man you do not know!! And a situation you are reading in a news story where all the facts are not there, and they sensationalize. Are we judge and jury? I worked with Mitch for a long time. I went to many of his concerts, and went to his home when he and his wife gave me their daughters old furniture for my then 2 yr old daughter. He had two beautiful samoyeds who adored him, and with whom I watched him interact. He is a man who loved his father dearly, loves his family, friends, and YES, his dogs with all his being. He always said “Yes Ma’am or “Sir” to everyone. He’s a kind, respectful man who is a “down home” country boy. Before you ask, I don’t know why he didn’t take her to the vet first, but I DO know his character! I know he cares, and my heart breaks for him for all this backlash and human cruelty!

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    • Amy Bennett says:

      He is also NOT ignorant or uneducated!! Wow! It’s a good thing no one publicly knows everyone else’s (including mine) mistakes we’ve made in life! Geez! This story has made me realize that the next time I read a news story, I won’t be judging or labeling that person anymore!

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      • Mike says:

        If you feel he has been judged unfairly then why don’t you enlighten us as to why he chose not to bring his dog to the vet. Perhaps the article doesn’t have all the facts, however, we comment what was presented to us.

    • Barkley's Mom says:

      We should condone what he did because we don’t know him? A beautiful dog is dead because he couldn’t be bothered to take her to the Vet after she ate a pillow. What more do we need to know about him to judge these actions? I don’t care how “nice” a guy he is, these actions say otherwise! Pray tell what other facts are missing that would sway us into thinking he did the “right” thing for his adopted 2 year old German Shepherd Doobie?

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      • pennysdachshund says:

        So Right YOU ARE!!! If his child gets appendicitis will THIS BASTARD let it rupture the Beat the Child to death with a 9 iron>>> SAME DIFFERENCE AS FAR AS I AM CONCERNED!!!

  13. Joanne says:

    Heartbreaking and Despicable! ???????? Doobie was only two years old, still a puppy. She didn’t even have a chance to blossom. Rest in Sweet Heavenly Peace, Angel Doobie. You are now in the tender loving care of Jesus. Run and play with all the Angels in Heaven’s soft fluffy clouds. You are loved and will never be forgotten. You’re in our Hearts, Precious Baby. RIP, Pretty Puppy Doobie. ????????????????????‍♀️????????????????????????⚾️????????????????????????♥️⚾️????????✝️♥️????????????‍♂️????????????????❤️⚾️????????????????????????????????❤️????????????????????????????‍♀️????????⚾️????????????????????????????????❤️????????????????✝️????????????????‍♀️????????????????⚽️????????????????⚾️????????????????????????????????????✝️????????????????‍♀️????????????????‍♂️????????????????????????????????????????‍♂️????????????????????????????????‍♂️????????????????????????????⚽️♥️????⚾️????????????????????????????????♥️????????????????????❤️????????????????????????‍♀️????????????????????????????????‍♀️????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????‍♀️????✝️????????✝️????????⛪️????????????????????????????????????‍♂️✝️????????????????????‍♂️????????????????✝️????????♥️????????

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