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Champion German shepherd found dead
WQAD ^ | October 11, 2011 | Kristy Mergenthal

Posted on 10/12/2011 1:17:53 PM PDT by Gennie

Investigators are awaiting autopsy results to determine what caused the death of Hex the champion German Shepherd.

Meanwhile, his family is continuing to raise money in hopes of finding his killer or killers.

Al and Marcia Govednik found the body of their prized German Shepherd the morning of Saturday, October 8, 2011, nearly two weeks after they believe Hex was stolen from their front yard.

"They just beat him and his collar was missing and they dropped him right there," said Marcia Govednik as she pointed to the ditch.


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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Front Page News; News/Current Events; US: Illinois
KEYWORDS: dead; dog; doggieping; germanshepherd; gsd; murder; shepherd
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I breed German Shepherds, this is absolutely horrifying and disgusting that someone could do something like this.
1 posted on 10/12/2011 1:18:02 PM PDT by Gennie
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To: Gennie

People beat and kill their own flesh and blood. It does not surprise me that they do this to animals too. Just a horrible turn of events.


2 posted on 10/12/2011 1:20:31 PM PDT by LottieDah (If only those who speak so eloquently on behalf of animals would do so on behalf of the unborn.)
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To: Gennie

It’s horrible and disgusting no matter what breed of dog it was, whether it was a cat, a horse, a hamster. I doubt this was done by a competitor, because dog-show people are crazy but not that crazy. Might have been some kind of warning about drugs, money owed, a romantic or sexual relationship, vengeance of some kind, but probably not about the show ring.

Times like this, I’m glad I believe in hell.


3 posted on 10/12/2011 1:23:31 PM PDT by ottbmare (off-the-track Thoroughbred mare)
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To: Gennie

Related: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/2791763/posts

maybe?


4 posted on 10/12/2011 1:25:05 PM PDT by GraceG
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To: Gennie

How do you steal a dog out of a fenced front yard, was he on a chain.


5 posted on 10/12/2011 1:25:13 PM PDT by org.whodat (Just another heartless American, hated by Perry and his fellow democrat)
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To: Gennie

The owner feels that someone killed the dog because they had a problem with the owner.

Creeps like that are not that hard to catch, when people decide they want to catch them. They usually can’t keep their mouths shut, and this is the kind of case animal lovers tend to dwell on.

Awhile ago a pit bull killed my cat. The PETA lady a couple of blocks away is still furious over it. She actually told me she was going to get a gun permit! in case she sees that dog and “feels threatened” by it again.


6 posted on 10/12/2011 1:29:16 PM PDT by I still care (I miss my friends, bagels, and the NYC skyline - but not the taxes. I love the South.)
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To: GraceG

Yep, that was my first thought when I read this....


7 posted on 10/12/2011 1:32:11 PM PDT by Bradís Gramma (Mr B has a new cousin on the way!)
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To: Gennie
I never let my dogs out of my sight, except when they are in the fenced-in back yard.

There are sick people out there.

8 posted on 10/12/2011 1:32:40 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("Government does not solve problems; it subsidizes them." --Ronald Reagan)
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To: Gennie

Nancy Kerrigan attacked by Tonya Harding


9 posted on 10/12/2011 1:34:51 PM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: org.whodat

http://www.wqad.com/news/wqad-dog-hex-stolen-german-shepherd-champion-09262011,0,7265427.story


10 posted on 10/12/2011 1:37:35 PM PDT by algernonpj (He who pays the piper . . .)
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To: Gennie

Related?

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/2791763/posts


11 posted on 10/12/2011 1:38:19 PM PDT by Rio
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To: Gennie
Here's the original article from when he was missing back at the end of Sept -

http://www.wqad.com/news/wqad-dog-hex-stolen-german-shepherd-champion-09262011,0,7265427.story
12 posted on 10/12/2011 1:39:23 PM PDT by Gennie
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To: Gennie
Allow me to ask a question I guarantee the police are also asking:

Was this prize-winning, champion Shepherd insured?

If so, for how much and to which beneficiaries?

13 posted on 10/12/2011 1:40:43 PM PDT by wideawake
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To: Gennie
I'm a German Shepard lover my self. I hope Hex got a few dozen pieces of his assailants.
14 posted on 10/12/2011 1:44:33 PM PDT by Las Vegas Ron (Rush Limbaugh = the Beethoven of talk radio)
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To: wideawake
Actually, that's a good point. All of the German Shepard's that I have ever known do not take kindly to strangers.
15 posted on 10/12/2011 1:48:10 PM PDT by Las Vegas Ron (Rush Limbaugh = the Beethoven of talk radio)
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To: Gennie

It is horrifying.


16 posted on 10/12/2011 1:49:41 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: Gennie

the butler did it.


17 posted on 10/12/2011 1:56:11 PM PDT by RitchieAprile
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To: Gennie
That was great looking dog.

RIP Hex

18 posted on 10/12/2011 1:56:30 PM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: Gennie

I love German Shepherds.
I would start looking for the local wife or kid abusers.
Or some druggie that got caught by a dog.

I am saving to buy a German Shepherd form LEO Dog DNA.
I want one soooooooooooooooo bad. I have never got over losing my beloved Heidi.


19 posted on 10/12/2011 1:57:05 PM PDT by marty60
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

For six years my dog never left my sight. She probably thought I was a little nuts.

Then she got cancer and died.

I read stories like this and really feel I’ve lived long enough myself.


20 posted on 10/12/2011 1:57:56 PM PDT by atc23 (The Confederacy was the single greatest conservative resistance to federal authority ever.)
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To: Las Vegas Ron

While most German Shepherds are naturally aloof, there are more than a few that are fairly friendly, including my own. I imagine a tracking dog would need to be this way, unless he’s supposed to eat those he’s meant to track lol.


21 posted on 10/12/2011 1:58:52 PM PDT by Gennie
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To: marty60

I thought someday I’d get over the early death my my beloved.

Now I don’t think so. Good luck getting a new friend.


22 posted on 10/12/2011 2:01:28 PM PDT by atc23 (The Confederacy was the single greatest conservative resistance to federal authority ever.)
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To: ottbmare

Just because someone breeds or shows an animal, doesn’t make them any less psychotic, just like there are fanatics in any type of hobby or business. I’ve met or know about a few individuals that I certainly wouldn’t put it past...


23 posted on 10/12/2011 2:06:15 PM PDT by Gennie
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To: Las Vegas Ron

I have a 3 year old German Shepherd dog. He is as German as German can get... both parents are champions in Germany. He is self assured, powerful and protective of those he loves and he considers our property his responsibility.

His only goal in life is to please me... 24/7. I got him when he was 9 weeks old and he has been with me every day... every day.

However, he loves people and is friendly to strangers and I suspect that a stranger could convince him to willingly go with them, especially with an offer to play ball, unless the stranger showed aggression. Fortunately, he has never outside of my control or sight.


24 posted on 10/12/2011 2:18:05 PM PDT by Gator113 (~ Just livin' life~)
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To: marty60

I wish you good luck on getting your GSD.

I raised Dobermanns for 30 years.

My present dog is a 3 year old GSD that we bought when he was 9 weeks old.... This is my first GSD. I will never have another breed. Other than the shedding, he is a perfect dog.


25 posted on 10/12/2011 2:23:07 PM PDT by Gator113 (~ Just livin' life~)
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To: AnAmericanMother; Titan Magroyne; Badeye; Shannon; SandRat; arbooz; potlatch; ...
WOOOF!

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26 posted on 10/12/2011 2:25:11 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Liberty Valance

Hard to imagine a stranger getting into a close combat situation with this animal without a major ruckus. ???? If the dog was trained in food refusal he would not go quietly ????


27 posted on 10/12/2011 2:35:32 PM PDT by TsonicTsunami08
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To: Joe 6-pack

Did a little google search, this guy is apparently well known in tracking circles. This is a horrible story. I have no idea why anyone would do such a thing. Sure sounds like someone is very angry. Sure hope they catch them, but I don’t know that they will.
http://www.siouxvalleykennelclub.com/trackingseminar.html


28 posted on 10/12/2011 2:44:56 PM PDT by brytlea (Wake me when it's over...)
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To: Gator113

OH yes, Very intelligent AND Loyal.
I HEART GSD.


29 posted on 10/12/2011 2:46:17 PM PDT by marty60
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To: TsonicTsunami08
Hard to imagine a stranger getting into a close combat situation with this animal without a major ruckus. ???? If the dog was trained in food refusal he would not go quietly ????

That's the part I find hard to imagine - mine barks at strangers if they come close unless it is someone he knows well. But he isn't a show/performance dog so doesn't know as many people as a show dog would.

I notice whenever you see K9 dogs and their handlers (real life cops) those dogs are not quiet. Unless the dog did bark before getting in the van and the owner inside didn't hear it. The value of using real fences.

Most training uses treats (can be as simple as kibble) as rewards so these guys do not refuse food.

30 posted on 10/12/2011 2:56:17 PM PDT by Abby4116
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To: jimmango

Ah ....
Now I am missing my shepherd again. After 12 years, we lost her 2 years ago. Now we have a miniature version of her in our Corgi.


31 posted on 10/12/2011 2:58:49 PM PDT by jimmango
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To: Gennie; USMCWife6869; Indy Pendance; Still German Shepherd; dervish; Kozak; Joe 6-pack; ...
GERMAN SHEPHERD PING LIST

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32 posted on 10/12/2011 3:00:10 PM PDT by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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To: Las Vegas Ron

“All of the German Shepard’s(sic) that I have ever known do not take kindly to strangers.”

You don’t know my stupid German Shepherd.


33 posted on 10/12/2011 3:02:15 PM PDT by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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To: marty60
" I would start looking for the local wife or kid abusers. Or some druggie that got caught by a dog. "

Sounds like your describing a Obama voter, or one of the Wall Street Occupiers, it's the Chicago Thug Obama voter way, BTW ? this is in Illinois ? that explains it then. Obama Thugs.
34 posted on 10/12/2011 3:02:36 PM PDT by American Constitutionalist (The fool has said in his heart, " there is no GOD " ..)
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To: Gennie
" While most German Shepherds are naturally aloof "

To strangers, yes, to the whole family ? no, they are loyal, and radically protective of their owners, and family.
Some people think the dog goes crazy and might have rabies when someone comes near the house or car, but, the Shepherd's natural instinct kicks in when strangers who are unwelcome approach the house or car, but, they are not going crazy when they bark, or show their teeth, and are aggressive towards strangers, they are protecting those the dog loves.
35 posted on 10/12/2011 3:09:16 PM PDT by American Constitutionalist (The fool has said in his heart, " there is no GOD " ..)
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To: marty60
Shepherds can be put up there with great hunting dogs like the blood hounds, pointers, or any hunting dog.
Shepherds are very intelligent.
36 posted on 10/12/2011 3:11:58 PM PDT by American Constitutionalist (The fool has said in his heart, " there is no GOD " ..)
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To: atc23

I know the pain you suffered. Until March I had a wonderful friend who was half Chocolate Lab and half Weimaraner. In the last six moths of his life he wasted away to a walking skeleton, to the point where he looked a lot like pictures of recently released concentration camp inmates you see in books about the Holocaust. I spent about $3,000 on inconclusive tests to see what was wrong while he continuously wasted away until there was only one decision I could make. The autopsy established it was severely advanced cancer and I was absolutely right to do what I had done.

I’ve added a wondeful Great Dane puppy who’s now eight months old. There’s still a hole in my heart for my lost friend and I’m beginning to choke up as I write this. You have my total condolences and absolute sympathy.


37 posted on 10/12/2011 3:13:05 PM PDT by libstripper
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To: Las Vegas Ron
" Actually, that's a good point. All of the German Shepard's that I have ever known do not take kindly to strangers. "

That my friend, is the truth, they are radically protective of their owners.
38 posted on 10/12/2011 3:18:02 PM PDT by American Constitutionalist (The fool has said in his heart, " there is no GOD " ..)
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To: Gator113

I have 2 German shepherds, they are siblings from the same litter. I got them when they were 8 weeks old and we are one happy family. They are going to be 4 yrs old in November. They are friendly to strangers to a point, don’t really know how they would react to a stranger if I weren’t around. There is one problem with them, they are so bonded to me they won’t do anything unless I am with them. They will go out in the yard as long as they can see me but if I walk out of sight they are at the door looking for me.
Junior weighs 105 and his sister Libby weighs 70 but she rules the roost. They are my pride and joy.


39 posted on 10/12/2011 3:20:46 PM PDT by depenzz (There are two ways to conquer and enslave a nation. One is by sword. The other is by debt. John Adam)
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To: Gennie

Back in the 80’s when I lived in FL, my G-ma gave us her German Shepherd because she couldn’t handle him. We later gave him to a cop my dad knew in Dade City.

Poor Shane was killed execution style. I don’t remember if the scum bags were caught.

That was probably my first knowledge that people could hurt innocent animals to get revenge.


40 posted on 10/12/2011 3:36:00 PM PDT by CARDINALRULES (Tough times never last -Tough people do. DK57 -- 6-22-02)
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To: the OlLine Rebel

;)


41 posted on 10/12/2011 3:36:39 PM PDT by Bradís Gramma (Mr B has a new cousin on the way!)
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To: Gennie

How horrific. What a shame. God bless him and his owners.

Very much a Schutzhund dog, European type (likely mostly Czech):

http://www.pedigreedatabase.com/german_shepherd_dog/dog.html?id=505482


42 posted on 10/12/2011 3:45:31 PM PDT by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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To: ottbmare

Some dog show people are that crazy. There was an email that went around a few years ago about an entire breeding program basically being wiped out by a competitor that poisoned the breeding dogs, but not the older ones. This was in French Bulldogs; the person travelled to shows with her entire “flock”, left them all alone at her set-up, crated, and someone came by and fed them some kind of poison. Sickening that someone would do it. I *never* left my GSP I was competing with unattended, even before hearing this story.


43 posted on 10/12/2011 4:04:27 PM PDT by Roos_Girl (The world is full of educated derelicts. - Calvin Coolidge)
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To: wideawake
Agreed, a valuable animal should not be running lose where it can take off after the first bitch that comes by. But any fool that grabs a German Shepard he does not know is looking to lose an arm.
44 posted on 10/12/2011 4:05:54 PM PDT by org.whodat (Just another heartless American, hated by Perry and his fellow democrat)
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To: wideawake
Agreed, a valuable animal should not be running lose where it can take off after the first bitch that comes by. But any fool that grabs a German Shepard he does not know is looking to lose an arm.
45 posted on 10/12/2011 4:06:33 PM PDT by org.whodat (Just another heartless American, hated by Perry and his fellow democrat)
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To: wideawake
Agreed, a valuable animal should not be running lose where it can take off after the first bitch that comes by. But any fool that grabs a German Shepard he does not know is looking to lose an arm.
46 posted on 10/12/2011 4:07:03 PM PDT by org.whodat (Just another heartless American, hated by Perry and his fellow democrat)
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To: Gennie

That poor dog. His owners are devastated. I agree with the idea that this was done by someone with a bone to pick with the owner. That dog is irreplaceable.

Sadly, even if caught, the law probably will allow the perp to walk free because “it’s just a dog”.


47 posted on 10/12/2011 4:09:45 PM PDT by Darnright ("I don't trust liberals, I trust conservatives." - Lucius Annaeus Seneca)
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To: Roos_Girl

The dog people are crazy, but in a different way. These are European Schutzhund types, not AKC conformation people.


48 posted on 10/12/2011 4:20:07 PM PDT by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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To: depenzz

“they are so bonded to me they won’t do anything unless I am with them.”

LOL... mine is the same way. He will sometimes go out a rest in the courtyard, but he continually comes back in to check on me.... that can be as many as a dozen times in an hour.

He never misses a day to make me smile.


49 posted on 10/12/2011 5:12:19 PM PDT by Gator113 (~ Just livin' life~)
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To: American Constitutionalist
That my friend, is the truth, they are radically protective of their owners.

Indeed they are. Even though at this point and time I have a Shepard mix....lol with Shar Pei and Chow and ????. He's still a Shepard....not to mention a knuckle head. Has the greatest personality of any dog I've ever owned.

I do have a fondness for Siamese kitties too, wonderful pets!

50 posted on 10/12/2011 5:14:18 PM PDT by Las Vegas Ron (Rush Limbaugh = the Beethoven of talk radio)
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