Hearts are broken over shooting of dog

On Christmas evening while my son was at work, his dog escaped from the yard which is enclosed in a wooden and wire fence. The pup found a way out, and somebody shot him.

This friendly, lovable dog was found on the edge of my son’s field. It would have been less cruel and painful if the shot had killed him instantly, but it did not. It shattered his leg and the dog suffered until he was found. The vet said amputation was certain, but the injuries extended beyond the leg.

Desoto, like most family pets, was wearing his collar and tags.

My son lives in a rural area but in sight of other homes. He has met some very kind people who live near him as he visited their homes to tell them that somebody in their area is shooting pets. Not one person had seen his dog on their property.

Our hearts are broken: my son’s for the loss of his companion and mine for not only the senseless loss of a lovable creature but apprehension for the type of person that is living near my son who would do this.

If you know anything of this shooting near Bear Creek and Sluder Branch roads in Leicester, please call the Buncombe County sheriff’s office at 255-5000.

Thank you for your help.

Lynda Dickson
Lisbon, Ohio

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