Crawford: Local Family’s Dog Killed With Pellet Gun

By: Sara Humphrey Email
By: Sara Humphrey Email

CRAWFORD (November 21, 2013) Members of a Crawford family say they’re heartbroken after a neighbor shot and killed their 11-year-old Siberian husky, Bishop.

Bishop's owner Matthew Strahan said Bishop disappeared Monday afternoon from the family’s home.

He said he found the dog dead down the road, tangled in a fence.

"I was just thankful I found him," Strahan said.

"I was worried he was going to spend the night somewhere and not be happy."

Crawford Police said a neighbor admitted to shooting the dog, but said he was protecting his chickens.

Strahan, however, said Bishop never left the back yard.

"Bishop just turned 11-years-old on Oct. 8 and in his 11 years he has never tunneled out," Strahan said.

"He has never climbed out. He never even has the thought of escaping."

Police are investigating the case as felony cruelty to an animal.

So far, no arrests have been made.

"He killed the dog with a pellet rifle and from there took the animal out and dumped the body on the side of the road," Crawford Police Chief Clay Bruton said.

Strahan admits the couple has not found a way to tell their children what really happened to Bishop.

While nothing will bring Bishop back, Strahan said he expects the resident who killed the dog to face the legal consequences.

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