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Hunter fatally shoots puppy claiming that he felt threatened

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According to Saturday's Baxter Bulletin, a turkey hunter in the Pleasant Hope Conservation Area in Mo., shot and killed a six-month-old puppy.

The pup, a German shepherd named "Mya," belonged to Renee Warschkow, who was walking in the area with her dogs, who were off-leash; Warschkow admitted that she was unaware that it was turkey hunting season.

Mya's guardian described what happened when her two puppies ran ahead of her:

Two of my puppies took off 10 to 15 feet in front of me and turned a sharp left into some brushy woods,"

I heard one blast and one of the dogs yelp, yelp, yelp. The other one came running back. I took two or three steps and there was another blast — she was still crying. I heard a third blast — then there was silence.

Warschkow found the hunter who killed her pup, Buddy Tietjens. Though the man apologized for killing her puppy, he claimed that the two puppies, both German shepherds, were "growling and showing their teeth" at him and that he fired his gun in self-defense.

The Polk County Sheriff's Office was notified about what happened by Mya's guardian, as well as the hunter who killed her; they are investigating the incident.

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