Man allegedly killed neighbor's dog

Dog obtained to comfort couple after Vegas massacre allegedly gunned down by neighbor

A dog who was obtained by a Washington couple dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after the Las Vegas massacre is dead – according to the Bellingham Herald, Jax, a Labradoodle, was allegedly gunned down by the couple’s neighbor.

The dog

Lona and Joseph Johnson got Jax after the horrific shooting in Vegas – the couple had been in the audience on the night of the deadly concert and one of their family members was injured at the festival.

Joseph explained to the news agency:

“We heard that dogs are good pets to help with the healing and PTSD and anxiety and all the things that came with that horrible night. We decided on a labradoodle and got Jax, and he was such a blessing,”

The shooting of Jax

On Sunday, 49-year-old Odin Maxwell, one of the Johnson’s neighbors, allegedly killed Jax – he told the authorities that the dog was chasing his chickens. Responding officers did not find any chickens who had been harmed and noted that Maxwell was not cooperative.

The man has been cited for aiming or discharging a firearm.

A family grieves

The Johnsons are grieving for the loss of their dog. Joseph stated:

“It’s definitely been a tough year. We went through a life-changing event in Las Vegas. It gives you a different perspective on a lot of things. Just like now, there was a lot of anger over what we went through.

It’s hard to be woken up by gunshots and to see your dog shot on your property. It brings back a lot of those same feelings.”

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9 replies
  1. Melissa Waite Stamps says:

    When are the police and lawmakers going to take violence and murder against Animals seriously?
    This is another tragic story of a perfect trusting Animal
    being killed by psychos. THIS is serious.

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  2. Adrienne says:

    Use his own gun on him and end his stupid life. Blames dog falsely for going after his chickens and no evidence to prove it. Didn’t like barking of their dog so he will end it. Do us a favor and end his life so he can’t harm another animal or even human again.

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  3. Lisa Zito says:

    I can’t imagine what this couple is continuing to go through. Gun violence in Las Vegas that they experienced and now their dog to help them recover killed by a gun by a neighbor! Didn’t this asshat neighbor know what they had gone through? The gall of it all! Why didn’t he confront them and say the dog was after his chickens? Why resort to violence right off? I hope they sue the pants off of this idiot! I would!

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  4. Barkley's Mom says:

    I imagine this couple has just about enough of guns and violence. I can’t imagine what they are going through. This moron who killed this innocent dog needs to be prosecuted for murder, not just discharging a firearm! If the police won’t do it, then sue them and hopefully take the POS to the cleaners.

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  5. Pamela Garlisch says:

    I’m wondering what the dog was doing outside when the people were sleeping? If Jax was supposed to help them with their PTSD, shouldn’t he be by them all the time, especially when they are sleeping!

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  6. Gizmos Mommy says:

    The maggot who shot the dog is a lawyer!!! I hope his practice suffers and he goes belly up. The asshole couldn’t have just chased the dog away!?!?! What a scumbag. My heart goes out to the family of Jax. We here in Vegas send our love to you both and wish you well.

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  7. maxiemom says:

    I don’t understand why Jax was outside while they were asleep. Shouldn’t he have been inside the house with them in any case? Besides, it isn’t safe to let your dog outside if you aren’t with them.

    Be that as it may, what kind of POS kills a dog for no reason, especially after what this couple has already been through? This is one very evil scumbag who should have his own gun, or another gun, turned on him. NO need to keep anyone this vile and malevolent breathing for any reason.

    Also, when are cops going to take this kind of crime seriously? None of his chickens were harmed! He killed Jax because he didn’t like the dog or his barking. Someone this evil belongs in a cage ,or a pine box.

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