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.
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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