My heart goes out to the Ball family. What a devastating loss of a beloved family member. Please keep your dogs at home where they belong. Dear Sid could have easily been hit by a car. I hope they find the monster who killed Sid and throw the book at him.
**The 66th comment clarifies that his dog was not roaming free. "Someone, and we are narrowing down on who, called him out of the yard, lured him into point blank range, and shot him."
What was the dog doing outside your yard? C'mon people! Keep your dog contained, and these things will never happen. It's YOUR responsibility, not your dogs.
I shared this on Facebook. Please do the same and use the power of the Internet to find the the horrible human that did this. (And we call are four legged friends animals)...
My daughters were both bitten by a local dog that would roam the neighborhood. When the owner was confronted after the bites, I heard the classic, "that dog would never hurt anyone". Calling animal control is a waste of time because of response time, and never being open. Look, if your animal is running free, this is what will happen, the animal will get shot, run over, mauled by a larger free running animal, skunked, kidnapped etc. I'm feeling bad for the dog, not the owner in this case. Anyway, the rabies shots my daughters got cost us 800 dollars, we never saw any of the money from the deadbeat owners..... HEY..... CONTAIN YOUR ANIMALS PEOPLE!!! It's your fault, not the dog's.
Absolutely horrible. Sorry for your loss Shawn
I sure hope the dog was not running free? It doesn't make it Ok to shot but some people are lose canons and get tired of dogs doing their business in the yard or eating pets food or causing problems with other pets? I had a problem with a neighbors cat and asked the neighbor to please feed his cat and try to keep it home. The cat would fight with my cats and cause visits to the vet. I finally trapped it and took it to animal control. And at times thought about shooting it. Some people love animals and some don't. We had some dogs shot in our aria when they would roam into another neighbors pig pens. I think if you love your pet you should treat it like your kids and don't let them wonder. I'm sorry to hear about this.
Isn't it wonderful to know we have sociopaths like this as neighbors?
Whoever did this needs to go to prison for a LONG time. Talk about sick!This family has just lost their best friend.Poor children...Sickening, especially for us..we have to Shepards.
My thoughts to the family. May who ever did this suffer a similar fate.
What a beautiful dog...and not just a dog, but a member of a family. I hope whoever did this gets caught and punished to the fullest extent of the law. Our pets are beloved members of our family, each with their own quirks and personality and each are loyal to a fault. They never judge, they just love us unconditionally. If someone did this to one of our dogs, we would be devastated. I pray for this family to find some peace knowing that the life Sid led was the best life he would have ever wanted.
Tragic. Dog didn't need to die. That said, it wasn't too many years ago this county had a child killed by "Friendly" dogs in their own front yard. Several attacks yearly where the person that gets bit has to endure rabies shots and huge medical bills when the "friendly" biter can't be found.
This should be a grim reminder to keep your pets leashed or fenced and on your own property.
A 100 pound German Shepard has no business running loose around a neighborhood.
I am truly sorry for your loss.
What a sad story, sorry for your loss Shawn. As far as the comments here, really, you don't know where the dog was and whether it was where it was deliberately or not. Best just to give condolances, the pain and guilt (we would all question what if?) Shawn is feeling is plenty, you don't have to pile it on.
Rider, this is yet another reminder, THERE ARE SOCIOPATHS EVERYWHERE, we all need to keep our guard up at all times (for both our pets as well as our children).
One can only hope there is a very special place in hell for people who would do such a thing. We have a German Shepherd too and I just canít imagine this happening to him. I sincerely hope whoever did this is caught and severely punished. My heart goes out to the Ball family. May Sid rest in peace.
Shooting a dog, really? What a scumbag. To all of you who are worried about animals running free, I ask that you keep your kids at home and teenagers from racing down our streets. My child was injured by a drunk teen speeding down our little street, not by a dog. I am always helping my neighbors with their animals and on more than one occasion have put a lost puppy in my yard and taken care of them until I get a hold of the owners. The animals are innocent, the person who shot it is not. My heart goes out to the family who Im sure are grieving. It is the murder of a family member, nothing less.
For all of you city slickers.......it is perfectly within legal right to shoot any dog harassing livestock...and if there is any damage experienced...you,the dogs owner is liable
(Part of comment posted later: Shawn.....I am regretful you took my post stating fact as anything toward your horrible situation.I was stating in response to all of the hysteria,of crazed gunmen on the loose...)
Every once in a awhile dogs get out, its very possible no matter how much you mitigate it. Unless the dog is attacking something, you do not have the right to kill it, and the way this dog was shot seems like it got close enough to the "murderer" where it either trusted them or was curious, a dog attacking isn't shot perfectly in the head. Probably some sick kid would be my guess who tortures animals and is one his way to becoming a serial killer. I am very sorry for their loss, I am a dog lover and I can't imagine this happening to my dogs, my heart and prayers go out to his family.
I am sorry for your loss. I can't imagine having that happen to one of our dogs. When I was a kid, lots of people let their dogs roam the neighborhood. That's not a good idea, as others have said, accidents, hit by cars, mountain lions, people with guns, etc, can all end the life of a family pet.
Still, I see so many people letting their dogs roam the neighborhoods. It's seems hard for some people to get the message that we need to be responsible and take care of our pets, because they can't always take care of themselves. Our dogs are in our yard or in our home, or leashed when on a walk with us. We don't want to risk this happening.
I'm sorry this happened to you.
Some people are worried about an old dog walking areound but aren't concerned about a sociopath who fires guns in the neighborhood?
No, the poor guy would have been better off at home but don't ever try to justify this aberrant, sick behavior. There is a physcopath in your neighborhood using a gun people. You should be concerned. (for clarity; I'm a 2nd amendment supporter who thinks these kinds of acts chip away at our rights)
Sorry for your tragic loss. RIP Sid.
Prayers and who ever did this is a real coward, in my yard when dogs arrive, I pet them.
Jim Hildreth Sonora
It is terrible that this happened. Unfortunately, the "fullest extend of the law" in this case may be nothing. If a large dog corners someone in their own yard (even if it is only perceived as such), they have the right to defend themselves. Even in a residential neighborhood I think it would be legal to shoot.
I think dogs should be able to roam the neighborhood if they are friendly. A roaming dog is a happy dog, and a chained dog is a dangerous dog. However, all neighbors within the range of the dog need to know the animal, and where it lives. If one neighbor is not OK with it, you are stuck keeping the dog on your property. We have two on my block, and I keep some Milk Bones in the garage so I can give them a little treat. They like to lick my cat :)
I am very sorry for your loss.
That's right folks..Blame it on the dog owner!!!What makes you think a nut case like this would not shoot a cat or a child? There is ALSO a law about shooting guns in neighborhoods. You people make me SICK blaming the dog owner! This shooter wanted to kill SOMETHING..the dog was handy..otherwise he could have called animal control.
The article does not say - was the dog at large when it was shot?
@coiler You can always do a civil suite in court. You have documentation to win as long as you were not on the dogs property and hopefully you made a police report. You can get all your money back.
I feel so sorry for the dog. I can't believe people are still letting their animals run free. Don't tell me your dog doesn't or won't bite. YES, HE WILL! People will just never learn. Especially on holidays when people are home and family and friends come to visit. If I had a bunch of kids at my house and a dog came onto my property I was not familiar with I would try to get him off my property. I would not choose to shoot him but last resort would. It's pretty scary to shoo off a shepard or pit bull. Some people just won't take a chance with the threat of a dog and their kids.
Exactly. This is what happens when irresponsible dog owners let their animals roam the neighborhood. These are the consequences for their negligence. Sad, yes, but maybe now they will learn.