Two beloved, family dogs, who slipped from their fenced yard in Brentwood, Calif., met with brutal, premature death at the hands of a man who lived just miles away from the dogs' home, reported Tuesday's KTVU news.
The dogs, a German shepherd named "Luke," and a Rottweiler named "Jager," escaped on Saturday, and wound up four miles away, on the property of a man who owned chickens.
The property owner claimed that the dogs were a threat to his chickens, and rather than capturing the dogs, or calling animal control, the man allegedly beat them to death with a shovel.
One of the dogs' owners, Rocky Osborn, told KTVU News:
"It's how he beat them. By his own admission, he beat them to death with a shovel,"
"They had tags. He could have called us. He never did."
Following the dogs' death, the man is said to have transported the dogs to his place of employment, where he allegedly dug a hole and burned the bodies.
The couple who owned the dogs, Rocky Osborn and Ellen Barkley, are devastated at the way that their dogs died, and how the chicken owner handled the entire situation. If not for a neighbor who spoke out, the couple would not have even known what took place.
The man responsible for the dogs' death will not face charges; by law, if livestock or poultry are threatened by a dog, lethal force can legally be used.
I'm blown away. I'm broken. I will never see them again,
I want the laws to change. This never would have happened.
A petition, asking for this law to be reviewed, currently has nearly 2,000 signatures; click here to view.
Facebook page created for the two deceased dogs here.
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