An unfair death sentence for an awesome dog

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Last weekend our dog Reece was in our backyard where she always stayed. Unfortunately our neighbors 4 lb dog wandered behind our house and our dog bit it. The dog died shortly after and we were soon visited by animal control and a police officer. They stated that the dog who was outside with the owner, before wandering over, should have been on a leash and that it was just a sad situation. I by no means am trying to justify the action of Reecey girl but the chain of events that follow make me ask “is this what we have become as a society?”. The next day the neighbor began a destroy my dog campaign. She went to the neighbors and tried to find out anything she could about the dog. Since she couldn’t find anyone who ever has seen that had never gone through the electric fence she begins fabricating dates from the previous year. These dates were never reported to officials. After her fear mongering with families in our area she heads for the town selectman. She begins to chant that the dog is dangerous and even claims that she is a pit. On Wednesday I receive a call from animal control stating that charges are being filed with the selectman and chief of police and that she is worried if someone enters my property. I am glad that she is worried about others maybe the fact that they let their dog run loose all the time made her think differently. I had to make arrangements to put this healthy, loyal, 9 year old dog down. She had never bitten anyone or even growled at people. I took her to the vet at 7 pm last night . As we entered the building Reece greeted all the workers with her grin. When the vet came into the room she looked at girly and said this dog has no aggression. She told me that she didn’t want to destroy this beautiful dog. I asked her, while the animal control officer was there, if she thought she had any pit bull and her answer was absolutely not. The first tranquilizer barely made her drowsy. The vet was surprised as she said she gave her enough to take a big Rottweiler down. She said she had quite a will to live. As she gave her the second shot she put her head down and her claws dug into the floor as she fought for her last breath. I left in tears and couldn’t even speak as I exited the building. The staff had such a look of sadness in their eyes. I thanked them for being so kind to our Reecey girl. All of this because one person wasn’t following the rules and was irresponsible with their own dog. It seems as though this is what happens in our society. The robber sues the person being robbed because the victim fought back and hurt them. The good Samaritan that saves someones life but gets sued because they broke a bone. A coffee house gets sued because someone doesn’t test the temperature of the liquid. I followed the law today and had to put the smartest most well behaved dog that I have ever had because of someone’s irresponsibility,ignorance and venomous payback. You may think you got your way but her memory of love and loyalty will never leave us.

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