Dog killer left chilling note explaining why he’d shot pet for being out without leash


An anonymous shooter left a dog owner a note explaining that they’d shot and killed his pet, called Nymeria, for wandering onto his property unleashed (Pictures: Facebook)

An animal abuser shot a dog dead for rifling through his trash – then left a chilling note for the animal’s owner explaining their actions. The sinister missive was discovered by Chad Stricker in his mailbox after his dog Nymeria in Ozone, Mississippi, a fortnight ago. It said: ‘I am sorry to inform you that your dog was shot and killed Saturday night while digging through my garbage. ‘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.’

Nymeria pictured with her owner Chad Stricker, who says he is devastated by her death, and furious at the cowardliness of the shooter who killed her (Picture: Facebook)

The note was accompanied by Nymeria’s collar, apparently confirming her death, with Stricker, who still does not know the identity of Nymeria’s killer, left distraught by the news. He told the Sun Herald: ‘I was sick to my stomach. ‘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?’ Stricker also posted a lengthy Facebook diatribe calling the shooter a ‘POS’ for not letting him know what they’d done ‘man to man.’

Shooting Nymeria did not break any laws, but a local animal rights charity has condemned her killer’s cruelty (Picture: Facebook)

He said Nymeria had been let off her leash for ‘a brief moment’, but says the shooter should have given him a warning they were unhappy before pulling the trigger. Stricker says he was a week off having fences installed which would have kept Nymeria on his property, and has now appealed for her killer to return her body. Elizabeth Treadaway from Pearl River County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals condemned the shooting – but condeded it was perfectly legal. She said: ‘Unfortunately we see that a lot. ‘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.’


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