On Monday, a trophy hunter killed a therapy dog, right in front of her owner, because he apparently thought that she was a wolf. According to the Sacramento Bee, Kaoru was on a hike with her owner, Valley Calderoni, when a shot rang out.
Calderoni described the horrify moment to CBC, “I look up, and I see my dog, and she was bleeding. All I can see is my dog getting shot — her face, her eyes looking at me with absolute disbelief.”
According to Calderoni, Kaoru (Kah-oh-roo) was a rare Tamaskan. The devastating moment when Kaoru was shot is described in detail on the Facebook page for Canine Valley, a BC Dog Daycare Center:
Today, like any other day, I took my beautiful girl with a teammate and nine other dogs on a regular hike. The hike was amazing; the dogs were so well behaved, training went beautifully. As we were finishing the hike, we were putting the leashes back on the dogs. We were going up a little bank onto an old forest road. I already had two dogs on the leash when I heard the bang, it was so loud, my instinct made me crouch down, then I looked, and I saw 10 feet in front of me my dog shot. She screamed, and looked at her wound with disbelief and then looked at me with the absolute feeling of betrayal. I ran towards her as she stumbled down the road where she collapsed. I tried to save her, I held her, I just knew it was not good. I did not want her to suffer, and I told her “just go, just let go baby girl”. She died.
A hunter, a trophy hunter killed my dog. I told him ” the only thing that can make this better would be if you never, ever take another life again”. What kind of human can look in a scope at such beautiful creature and murder it? This man took my dog’s life because he thought she was a wolf surrounded by seven other dogs and 10 feet away from my teammate and me. We could have died. I hike in that location with kids all the time, could you imagine if a child had to experience that or worse if he had hit a child? I can’t believe that Kaoru is gone, that someone could do that. I am in pain and I want to use this intense pain to help stop this, we can take a stand, we can change things.
Conservation officer Kent Popjes has interviewed the hunter, who is described as “cooperative,” and determined that the shooting was simply an error of judgement.
A fundraiser, to train another survive dog and change laws, can be found at this link.
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