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Fri, April 19

Viewpoint: Shot S&R dog is 'asset to community;' fundraiser set

I preface this letter with the age-old saying, "There are two sides to every story" because that is what will be said of the following:

On Thursday, July 8, 2010 at about 4:30 p.m. a deputy sheriff entered the property of Geri Messina in response to a stolen car alert. He opened the chain held gate once inside in his car he was met by Doc a 7-year-old Red-boned Coon Hound who is a trained and certified Search and Rescue dog.

The deputy shot Doc two times in the left and right front leg and shoulder. Doc was rushed to a local veterinary hospital where surgery was performed. Doc will live but his left front leg was amputated.

A friend who having heard this spoke to a sheriff's department animal control officer and was told that he has never had to shoot a dog in his years of service.

Concerned citizens of the quad-city area should be alarmed over this most recent blatant attack on our pets and protective animals on our property. Doc is by nature and training not aggressive. He and others like him are a most valuable asset to our community.

For those who wish to assist with the veterinarian bill of $3,000 a fundraiser will be on Aug. 14 from 4-8 p.m. at the Drunken Lass, 218 W. Gurley. St.

(Judy Snow is a Chino Valley resident.)

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