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It was our fault for not staying outside with him while he did his business. We should put a good fence up but we were really being naive to think he would be safe. We live outside of city limits, buried in the middle of a quiet neighborhood on a two acre stretch surrounded by trees and we just never imagined anyone could hurt our pet.
We called the police but all they could do was take a statement and forget it as it’s our responsibility to keep him safe. The law in Oklahoma is that you can shoot anyone or anything on your property that threatens you, but does this law give you the moral right to kill another creature and someone’s pet?
I wrote this letter to the person who shot our dog:
We realize that you shot our dog on Friday, December 14 around 3:30 pm in the afternoon. My husband saw him running from your land. While we acknowledge that the dog should not have been on your land, we also believe that you could have resolved the matter in a more humane manner.
The dog had his collar on and is not aggressive towards anyone. We realize that you have chickens and possibly other animals to care for and our dog may have been disturbing them. Please call us if you ever see any animals that are possibly someone else’s pets on your land and we will gladly take responsibility for the animal. Also, we would pay for any damage caused by one of our animals. We are also missing a few cats – one that was very close to our family for many years and the others were just strays that we recently paid to get fixed and have rabies shots.
The vet says he is going to be okay but still has the bullet in his leg and is not walking on it now. Please choose to handle this problem in a different way going forward. We do not intend this letter to be threatening or offensive and we wish you and your family Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.