A U.S. veteran’s seek for his beloved dog got here to an finish earlier this month after he discovered an nameless observe in his mailbox saying the pup had been shot lifeless after being caught on somebody’s property with no leash.
Chad Stricker, of Pearl River County, Miss., spent days trying to find his 10-month-old wolfdog named Nymeria when he discovered the typed observe, alongside along with her collar, in his mailbox. He shared an image of the observe and collar on Fb in a now-viral post.
“I’m sorry to inform you that your dog was shot and killed Saturday night while digging through my garbage,” the note said. “It did not suffer and I did not take pleasure in killing it. There is a county leash law which you should abide by so that I do not have to kill any more of your pets.”
Stricker, whose social media web page says he served within the Military, was heartbroken.
“I was sick to my stomach,” he advised the Biloxi Sun Herald. “To think that someone killed her while we had been out looking for her, for digging in the garbage … An animal is not worth more than your trash or the time to make a phone call?”
Nymeria’s massive yellow collar had an hooked up tag that confirmed her photograph and outline of her persona, together with Stricker’s handle and cellphone quantity, the paper reported. Stricker described Nymeria as “one of the sweetest dogs anywhere around and very loving” in his submit.
Nevertheless, he advised the paper that there was nothing he or police might do as a result of Nymeria had been off her leash whereas on one other particular person’s property.
The leash regulation in Pearl River County requires all animals to be fenced in or restrained on a leash, or in any other case be thought of a public nuisance, based on the outlet.
Taking pictures a so-called “nuisance animal” isn’t unusual, Elizabeth Treadaway, the shelter supervisor Pearl River County SPCA, advised the paper.
“Unfortunately we see that a lot,” Treadaway stated. “This dog lost its life over an invisible line it can’t see. As soon as an animal goes onto someone else’s property, that leash law goes into effect. But just because it’s law, doesn’t make it right what this person did.”
Stricker wrote a prolonged observe of his personal to the nameless “coward” who claimed to have shot the canine.
“It’s sad to think I have a neighbor of your moral character living so close to me that would do this,” it learn partly. “Do I hate you, no, I pity the person you are and those who have to tolerate you.”
Stricker stated Nymeria’s physique wasn’t returned to him. He requested to be advised the place the physique was or for it to be left on his driveway so he might give his beloved canine a correct burial.
“I pray one day you come to realize what you have done and teach those in your household to be better,” he wrote.