UPDATE: South Dakota Says It’s OK to Shoot Dogs
In one of the most disturbing articles I've read in a while, two dogs were shot and killed in Brandon, South Dakota as they were chasing a reported injured deer. These were not wild dogs. They were someone's pets.
The incident happened back on December 2 and according to Keloland.com there will be no charges for the person who shot the two dogs.
According to reports, Jamie Anderson had her one-year-old dog living with her Aunt who has property in Brandon, SD. On that December day her Aunt called in a panic. Both Anderson's dog Bentley and her cousins dog were missing.
Later, they found the two dogs. One was dead and Anderson's Bentley was just hanging on. Bentley would eventually pass away as well.
The neighbor of Anderson's Aunt apparently had seen the two dogs chasing an injured deer and fired upon the two according to the Keloland.com article.
According to others witnesses, the deer was not injured before the dogs attacked it.
My first question would be who thinks it's appropriate to protect an injured wild animal over two presumed house pets?
My second question would be how in the heck can South Dakota have a law protecting someone in this case?
I can certainly see the law protecting someone who was being chased by two dogs and had to protect themselves, but to protect a deer? That is so laughable, it becomes sad!
Something needs to change.
In my opinion, the law should change to make this a criminal act. I believe jail time should accompany this law in the future where such incidents occur.
My heart breaks for Jamie Anderson. Sometimes dogs accidentally get out. I have three and if one of them took off after a injured/non-injured deer not only would I expect that as their nature, I would be devastated if someone shot one of them.
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