A rescue dog, who was adopted from a no-kill animal shelter in West Virginia, is dead after his adopter had a neighbor shoot the dog. According to the Tri-State Update, Sam Rife shot the pug mix, named “Bernie,” at the request of Amie Bowling, who adopted the small dog from Little Victories Animal Rescue Shelter in October.
Rife told the publication that Bernie was “a mean little dog,” who bit several people. It is Rife and Bowling’s claim that Bernie was mean which has prevented the county prosecutor from pressing charges. On Monday, the animal shelter stated, “Putnam County Prosecutor Mark A. Sorsaia says it is common practice for people who live in WV to shoot their family dog if it shows sign of aggression. No charges should be filed.”
The no-kill agency also provided their own description of the dog who was killed with a pistol, “Bernie, a 15 pound Pug was not aggressive as witnessed by hundreds who came into contact with him, my staff, veterinarians, and the adopter herself!” The shelter added, “we love him and are so sad he was murdered for unfounded aggression as we at Little Victories have in our contract to accept the animal back, 3 days after the last checkup we were told he was happy and healthy…and then were advised children found his body in the woods.”
A neighbor told the local news agency that Bernie would often come to her home to get away from cruelty at his home, and to receive affection – she noted that he was a “gentle” dog. No word on why Bowling did not adhere to her contract to contact the shelter if things were not working out well. In the meantime, no charges are expected against Bernie’s killers.
(Photo via Little Victories Animal Rescue FB page)