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Neighbor accused of shooting Army Captain's dog, rescued from Afghanistan

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According to Wednesday's KSAT News, a man in La Vernia, Texas, is accused of shooting and killing his neighbor's dog, who had recently been rescued from the war-torn country of Afghanistan.

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The dog, named "Toby," belonged to Rachel Ries, a Captain in the United States Army, who helped save the dog from one of her tours overseas. Toby had managed to beat the tremendous odds which were against him in Afghanistan - when he was found, he was still a pup - starved and wounded and discarded in a trash pile.

For awhile, good fortune followed Toby - he was discovered, rescued and cared for, and ultimately, he was able to escape the war-ravaged country and come to the United States, where his future should have been secure.

Toby's luck ran out when Ries' neighbor, Mike Coulter, allegedly fired a fatal shot at the dog on April 12.

According to Ries, Coulter initially denied shooting her dog, but later, he admitted to deputies that he shot Toby, claiming that he did so in order to protect his cats.

Ries denies the allegation that Toby had escaped his yard...she has stated that the dog was inside of his own fenced area, and that the gate was closed.

A petition, demanding justice for Toby, currently has over 7,200 supporters. The Wilson County Sheriff's Office has stated that the situation is under investigation.

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