Somehow got out of his harness. I bet they just let him run. Stupid, especially knowing hunting season is open. Being a dog lover doesn’t mean that you are a responsible pet owner.
I hunt deer an average of 25 days during the season (for 15 straight years) and we see dogs running loose. We alert the owners three times. Three visits with firm pleas to keep the animal safe during deer season is what it usually takes before they take their responsibility as pet owners seriously.
However, I don’t excuse the hunter in this story.
most people who live in areas where hunters are, are usually smart enough to put blaze orange on their animals.
i agree, that it doesn’t excuse the hunter, but owners need to be responsible too.
The local animal control officer is vouching for the responsibility of the dog owner. If what he is saying is true, this may be the first time that the dog slipped its harness:
Jack Freitas, Standish’s animal control officer, assisted wardens with their investigation of Saturday’s shooting. He said Niko’s body was found in woods off Route 25.
“The dog had been shot once in the torso,” said Freitas, who secured the scene and waited for wardens to arrive.
Freitas said he is familiar with the family that owned Niko. He said the dog somehow slipped out of its harness, which is why it was running free in the woods.
“They are extremely responsible dog owners,” Freitas said. “I’m the animal control officer, and sometimes my dog gets loose.”