02-20-2013, 03:41 AM #1
IA - Three Dogs Shot Over The Past Two Weeks in Benton County
VINTON, Iowa ó A string of shootings has left animal control officers warning pet owners to keep a close eye on their dogs. The shootings are happening in the Vinton-Shellsburg area of Benton County. On Monday night, a driver spotted a dog with multiple gunshot wounds lying in a ditch off the corner of 30th Avenue Drive and County Home Road.
This isnít the first time this has happened. Monday nightís incident makes three shootings in the past two weeks. One dog shot in the tail, another shot in the shoulder, and the most recent dog, shot four times, including once in the head.
I'm a local of this area. I suspect that it's gotta be a teen or a group of teens doing this, but no matter who it is, it's not good. Our laws concerning cruelty to animals aren't very strong, and until you do something really terrible(like kill a puppy in a crazy and violent way), even then, it's mostly just fines; not much, if any jail time for most cases.
I think what's bothering more me more than the crime right now is that so many people around here think that if a dog is running around loose and happens to step on your property, you can shoot & kill them. The dog has to look or act threatening, and not be properly tagged with a collar and up-to-date shot tags on it at the very least before you could do it, and you could probably still expect to show up in court for something involving that shooting.
02-20-2013, 08:06 AM #2
This makes me so sad. How can anyone shoot something so innocent. We had a dog shot here in NH to, last week I believe. I always worried so much when I worked and left my pit bull in a locked gate and she was hooked up, it was either twice or three times she got loose, yeah unbelievable. I worried at work and one day I decided that's it, she is now an indoor dog.
02-20-2013, 10:50 AM #3
It is really sad. The girl that found the dog said he wasn't very far from his property at all. I know she had to have seen a good description of the vehicle, but the police haven't released it yet.
There's an actual "dog catcher" aka Animal Control person employed for the town of Vinton, so if there is an issue with a dog, you call him. They also have a very nice animal shelter about 4 miles from the address of the dog's owners--usually there's a kennel or two outside that are left open because people will bring strays at night or don't want to pay a fee to surrender their pet. I feel there are many options if you have a stray dog on your property, but shooting them isn't one of them, usually.
Side note-there's a pitbull ban in this county. I feel this has made some people unnecessarily afraid of the breed. I live in a town next to Vinton and actually know a girl a block away that has two--they happen to be the two most well-trained dogs I've ever seen, so our local police haven't enforced the ban on her.
02-20-2013, 08:57 PM #4
This is an update regarding the dogs involved in the story I previously posted.
Sheriff offers animal shooting update
Benton County Sheriff Randy Forsyth reported today that there have been two incidents involving shooting of a dogs, not three as has been reported by some sources.
The first incident was a case where there was a dog running loose on someone else's property and attacking that property owner's cats. Based on Iowa law, if there is a dog running loose attacking other animals it is lawful to dispose of it. This incident is considered closed.
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