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Arizona couple claims to have shot neighbor's dog in self defense

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In Peoria, Tracy Kreck's two-and-a-half-year-old Rottweiler named Athena is recovering from two surgeries to repair and reconstruct her jaw after she was shot in the mouth by a neighbor who said he felt threatened and feared for children's safety in the neighborhood reported KPHO.com.

On Nov. 23, Kreck's two dogs she has raised from puppies, Athena and Aurora, managed to accidentally escape from their yard and started to roam the neighborhood in the area of Hearn and 77th Ave.

Two streets over, Thomas and Jenny Lowther claim the dogs were growling and barking and had chased Jenny to her home. Jenny then called the police. Thomas felt his life or the lives of local children could have been in danger and followed one of the dogs down the street and shot her in the mouth.

Kreck, however states the dogs have always been friendly.

Police investigated and have not charged the shooter with any crime stating it is legal to shoot an animal in self defense. The Peoria Police Report stated:

"With the information obtained it was determined that no crime had been committed and that Thomas was trying to protect himself from being attacked by the dogs."

The Facebook page, Athena's Recovery, created by the family of the dogs is raising money to help with the veterinary expenses of Athena's surgeries. At this point the veterinarian bills and another surgery are anticipated to be between $4,000 and $6,000.

Athena is expected to recover.

The family is disappointed no charges have been filed.

"I'm not so sure people should go around with guns shooting at dogs, " stated Libby Collins of Miami, Fla. "If the wife made it safely to her home and called authorities, why would her husband go out and literally hunt the dogs down? Any animal that feels threatened will react and at least try to defend herself. Was he yelling at the dogs and did he make matters worse? It's just too bad that dogs can't talk and tell their side of the story, but if the dogs have always been friendly and lived with a family, why would they be terrorizing a neighborhood? "

Get well soon Athena.

Please make sure your dogs are always on leashes or kept safely in the yard. Tragic events like this are devastating to everyone involved.

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