Witnesses in Watertown, SD, reported watching a Saturn-shaped light descend from the sky that landed, "engulfed" and eventually killed a dog before moving away, according to March 11, 2014, testimony in Case 54585 from the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) witness reporting database.
UPDATE: March 17, 2014 - South Dakota MUFON has contacted the witness - who has admitted this report was filed as a hoax.
The reporting witness and two friends first saw lights in the sky about midnight on February 28, 2014. Then the object moved to ground level.
"We saw this strange ghost-like thing engulf one of my friend's dogs because it ran up barking at it."
The witness said that after the light surrounded the dog - the dog collapsed.
"The thing hovered onto this planet-looking thing and took off."
The witness said he was scared for his life. They then discovered that the dog was dead. No other details were available today. South Dakota MUFON is investigating. Watertown is the county seat of Codington County, SD, population 21,482.
Depending on how you define UFO sightings, historically very few cases depict either human or animal death. Please approach this report with caution until an investigation has been completed.
South Dakota has a current UFO Alert Rating of 5 with a low number of recent reports nationally. South Dakota had 2 UFO reports in February 2014 - the 44th highest reporting state - while California had 59 reports - the highest reporting state in the nation.
You can read more details about other recently reported cases at the UFO Examiner home page. The above quotes were edited for clarity. If South Dakota MUFON investigates and reports back on this case, I will post an update. Please report UFO activity to MUFON.com.