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By Theresa Freed
December 7, 2010
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Glenn Stowe is searching for answers after his 7-year-old dog was found shot to death. The remains were found on a creek bank near Stowe's home in Leavenworth county.
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I didn't realize the accused neighbors had made statements. What did they say? How did they exaggerate? Is it on the internet? From hearing one side of the story it sounds like several dogs were roaming loose in the area. The accused neighbors had complained and spoken rudely to some of the dog owners, about the loose dogs, The woman "feigned" fear and dislike of loose dogs. Someone shot a dog that by accounts was a sweet, friendly very large dog. I am sorry for the loss of a beloved pet. That is heart breaking. . If you want your dogs to roam free on neighbors land it is polite to go over there, let them know your dog and ask their permission.
This whole string is really sad and disgusting. Those who abuse animals are sick degenerates, and low lifes. I do not understand why these people exaggerate their "issues" with the animals belonging to others. Frankly, I would say they should "watch their backs" . . .as they say, what goes around comes around. These sick SOB's and their ridiculous excuses make no sense. They sound like the crazy, hillbilly folk in scary movies. I wish upon them the same savagery they have shown these poor animals.
I'm one of the neighbors of the man who had his dog slaughtered.
When we were called by Glen, he was worried sick about his dog. He wondered if we had seen him around. Buster had always walked on the gravel road by our house with his buddy, Roper, another neighbor dog. Granted, Buster was a little stand-offish, but he was just cautious. He growled occasionally, but then ran off. Never once tried to snarl or bite me. He would rather turn around and walk away than get into a fight with anything. Our chihuahuas would even bark and run at him and he'd turn tail and run off. Does that sound like a vicious animal to you? No, it doesn't.
I checked our field, worried he might have been hit by a car and ended up on our property. We got the terrible phone call later on that evening, and were shocked to find out that Glen had found his loving pet in the mud, by a creek, with a bullet hole in his chest, and skull.
The man who killed this dog has indeed hurt and killed other animals, that's no surprise there. He's not the friendliest of people. His wife has approached us in the past, and complained that our Brittany Spaniel scared her, and she felt threatened her.(The ONLY time we've been aware of them actually taking steps to talk to a neighbor about a concern regarding an animal...)
She was incredibly rude about it, making it sound like our dog was a rabid hell hound, when our dog barely even barked. Unfortunately, Echo, the dog, was killed by a train several years ago. We have numerous dogs and cats, including a Great Pyrenees and another Brittany. He's recently learned how to climb our chain-link fence, and runs around all the time. We can't keep him in the backyard, and we don't want to lock him up in his run all the time, especially now that winter is here. We have two other dogs in the backyard, who share a small shed filled with hay for warmth.
Who is to say this guy won't shoot one of our dogs if it wanders onto his property? Or anyone's pet? Three of our cats have gone missing this past month, I don't count out the possibility of his rifle-wielding wife using them as target practice from her front door.
If they hate animals this much, they need to move. We don't need people like them making us live in fear of our dog getting out and possibly being shot a few times because he steps foot on some guy's lawn.
"HEAVY chains in their front yard."
Dogs on chains? Sounds like someone that used to sully up this website.
So much know-it-all speculation and sideways tangents. What happened here was disgusting. Have a heart.
I live in town, and I make it a point to know my neighbors. If they are walking their dog, I get to know the dog too. If one of them would get loose, I would round them up and hold them until the neighbor got home. I wouldn't call animal control and complain. I certainly wouldn't shoot them. Why didn't these people get to know the dog? He looks pretty friendly to me. They could have had a nice visit everyday with the dog. Why would they threaten to kill a dog if it's on their property? Why couldn't they ask the neighbor nicely to train their dog to stay off their property? Sounds like jerky neighbors to me. Why don't these people move out to the desert, so they don't have to deal with any neighbors but the buzzards and lizards?
The Justice System is man made therefore flawed, but true and real justice lies in the heart of all men.
It's obvious from a lot of the comments made that some of you don't know many people that live in the country, and how things are. It's not against the law to have your dogs off of a leash, and if someone shoots your dog without proof that they were a "nuisance", they are on the wrong side of the law. That's part of living in the country. If you don't like it, them move back into the city. Unfortunately, the punishment for such a crime isn't that great for such a person.
To the owner of the dog: I'm sorry for your loss. Having a dog is truly like having another member of your family. I'm sure that you're all hurting right now, and I hope that you get some sort of justice for this, especially considering their past experiences. People that think they can bully others shouldn't get away with it.
I will say, that once I saw the whole video, I know about this area and have seen that dog. I once drove down that dead end area just to see what was there. The dog was very big and might have been intimidating had I been on bicycle which I unusually was on when I went down Alexandria Rd. However, that particular time I was in my car. (I think I was afraid that a bicycle would have been a bit inappropriate.)
I will say this: I didn't see any livestock in that subdivision at all. So this was strictly a neighbor fight. I wouldn't want to kill a dog either. I do think that perhaps he should have taken his neighbor's threat a bit more seriously. Nevertheless, if I lived out in the country, but a neighbor bought/built a house right next to me that had that attitude, I'd make sure he'd pay for killing my dog. This guy needs to buy peacocks & guinea hens and pen the up. There sounds will teach the neighbors to be such a$@#$%oles. If he tries to kill them on his property, then sue the pants off that jerk.
Not trying to be heartless or anything, but someone threatens to kill your dog if it comes on their property and you still let your dog run loose? Anyone else see where there is a little blame on the owner? Not that it excuses the neighbor, but the owner was warned!
For anyone who wants to watch the full story, it's now there. Thanks for watching.
This is so sad! I have no problem with keeping your dog off of a leash in the country IF you can train them to stay on your property! My dog is loose but doesn't wander very far. The only times I've watched her go off the property were to chase away our neighbor's dogs. There is no reason to shoot stray animals unless they are aggressive. I've chased many strays off just by hollering or walking towards them. No violence needed!
Yes, this is a rural subdivison.
Larry Wedman created the Deer Ridge Subdivison back in '93 or something.
whatever....then the few houses should deposit their pet's deposits in the yard.
ban subdivisions. especially those "in the country"....sorry, but a subdivision outside of city limits just don't seem like living in the country, to me.
I think the entire subdivision should deposit their pet's deposits in this cruel neighbors yard for the next couple years!!!
I like animals a lot. There are no leash laws in Douglas County, that I know of, but there are stray animal regulations. Part of the reason to keep your animals on their own property is for their protection. There are other dangers than horrid neighbors, not everyone's property is geared to handle a strange dog. Just off the top of my head, poisons, animal traps, other animals that are territorial. Keeping your animals on your own property or restrict them to properties they have permission to be on. I am sorry for the loss of a beloved pet. We mourn our lost loved ones. Cats, dogs, they are a wonderful part of our life.
If you don't like animals, stay out of the country where there are no leash laws. Plain and simple. I like how people see 22 seconds of a story and think that's enough to form an opinion. I really wish they would fix the clip and upload the entire thing.
Last time I checked Golden Retrievers weren't vicious dogs. It's interesting to me how people like to blame the victim. Go tell a mother who's child is kidnapped when they turn their back for a split second that she should have been more attentive, and see where that gets you. Any person who can shoot a dog for pleasure, needs their head examined... and anyone who upholds for them needs theirs checked as well.
Dogs should not be allowed to run loose.. It doesn't take much attention to train your dog to stay on your property, but it takes some effort. I don't care if a few neighbors do it and you think it is cool. Depending on what your dogs do, unattended, left on it's own to roam, it could be a danger to livestock or persons. They could join into a pack. Packs are particularly dangerous and unpredictable. I don't want your dog on my property. If it gets out, I will help you catch it and wish you well. If you take no responsibility and use my land to range your animal, listen, I don't want your dog on my property. Dogs should not be loosed on the neighbors. It isn't a proper way to treat the dog or is it responsible. As to the law, I would call the sheriff and check.
As long as we are on the subject, NEVER abandon an animal out in the country to let it "run free"
This is a subdivision, the shooter is the only person in the area who doesn't have pets. He never once confronted the owners about the dog, if they had, it probably wouldn't have turned out the way it did. Every person out there lets their dogs run. It's the country... dogs run around, not unheard of or illegal. It takes a cruel and evil person to walk up to a dog and shoot it in the head. I wouldn't be surprised if a human isn't his next victim, or already has been. This type of behavior is not acceptable.
The shooters sound awful, but i really don't know the facts , just rumor and one side of the story. They are probably awful. I have experienced loose dogs, that chased children, killed livestock, ran live stock and I wanted to shoot. I didn't shoot them, I talked to the owners who told me that the dogs didn't bother anyone and were good dogs. They were abusive and rude to me and I think they stole my tools out of our shed. . One neighbor found the dog in their chicken pen for the fourth time, shot it and buried it in the chicken yard. When the neighbors came looking, they were told the dog might be in the chicken yard, the owners of the dog said it didn't bother chickens. The children could safely play in the yard again. I was glad the dog was gone.
It is not ok to let your dog run in the country. We trained our dogs to keep to our property, One dog couldn't seem to learn that, we found a more appropriate home for it. I miss living in the country. I loved our dogs, Taver Jane, Gypsy and Bruno. Bruno was huge german shepherd who let the cat sit on his head. I am sorry for the loss of the pet.
JL12345 - it seems you are the owner or know the owner.
Let me be up front and say I am in now way defending what the neighbor did.
That said, you built a house on 12 acres, most of which appears to be a "pie shaped" lot with little to no road frontage. So your house is very close to the property line. Your neighbor appears to have a similar issue, less road frontage than space on the back of their lot. They are also close to the property line. You two can't even split this lot like this anymore in Leavenworth county, you need 300' of road frontage and you don't appear to have more than 75 or so.
So you are griping about the neighbor who built so close to you building legally on their lot? Then you expect to be able to let the dogs run loose anywhere you desire? Maybe the dog was aggressive towards the neighbor? Maybe the neighbor had a dog chained up and your dog would come fight with it. I've had that happen to me several times when we had a dog.
Here's the deal - you can't do stuff like that. If you didn't want neighbors you needed to buy more property - or their property when it was for sale.
I had a neighbor who had a pitt bull who he swore was nice and friendly, but when it got out it was aggressive and mean. Several neighbors threatened to shoot it if it came on their property before he finally got rid of it. It's not fair of you to subject your neighbor to this.
wonder if they like dog pate or if they are related to Barbara Rose "woof woof"
they sound like evil people. if you must kill an animal, bite the head off of a bat like Ozzy
This is why we are trying to push the case, these people are unstable and this type of behavior with animals leads to violence with humans. The victims grandchildren are afraid to visit them now, because they are afraid they will be shot. How is this fair? This maniac is actually terrorizing the family. He chased down the victims daughter, son in law and grandson in their vehicle going 60 mph on a dirt road with his 2 toddler granddaughters in his car, without carseats, I might add. However the DA and the Sherrif's department claim there is nothing they can do. I don't buy it.
I bet the creep that shot the dog is reading these comments and enjoying the anger and hurt he is causing. He sounds like a bully. Big tough guy that can't stand up to people but will hurt an animal, probably has to keep the wife and kids in line too.
That is horribly sad. If those people are regularly killing pets, someday they will kill the wrong person's pet and something will happen to them. I will feel no sympathy for them. Anyone who would kill someone's pet is sick and disgusting.
Where is Nick Danger and Enforcer when we need them?
Yes, the dog should have been kept on the owner's property but out and out executing a dog for the sake of executing it is wrong. I don't know if it is lawful or not. I don't care. If the dog was not being aggressive then it could have been "shooed" away. Mean is mean anyway you cut it. I don't care if you're mean to a dog, child, or adult. Just because a dog wanders onto your property is no reason to kill it if it is not a danger to you or your livestock.
the dog should of been kept on the owners property. Some dogs can be trained to property. It is the owners duty to the dog and to the neighbors to keep one's animals to their property. There are a variety of ways to keep animals on the property. There is a difference between an animal getting loose and letting the animal just run loose. Loose running packs of dogs aren't good. I am sorry they lost their dog. I am sorry the people who shot the dog took that avenue.
Cruelty to animals is a powerful predictor of potential to commit violent acts against other people. This type of behavior should be taken very seriously. particularly if it has persisted over time.
imastinker - there are a lot of good hunters, but anyone who grew up in a rural area in hunting country know there are some idiots who will shoot at any sound in the bushes too and come way too close to houses and other property. We had cattle get shot more than once. A woman in Maine was shot on her own back porch - she was wearing white mittens, which was enough to get her killed.
Let me give you all the full story here. This family that lost their dog have lived in their home on 12 acres for the past 17 years now. The neighbors that executed their family pet have probably around 10-12 acres themselves and decided to build their house right on top of the victims' home. Why, who knows? The two murderers are very strange people who for some reason live in the country despite the fact they hate deer, dogs, squirrels, rabbits, etc. The last time I checked, most of the time people move out into the country to get away from pesky neighbors and such and so that they don't have to keep a dog pinned up all day. Also, they enjoy wild life at it's finest. These murderers have poisoned 2 other dogs around 5 years ago or so and the husband was also seen deliberately running over a dog on the dirt road. These murderers never once confronted the family of any problems with their dog or gave them any sort of warning. To me this is sick and these people need to be stopped. Leash law? Are you kidding me? Does that really justify killing an innocent dog? Anyone of you that have something negative to say about the victims and their loss should be highly ashamed of yourselves. If you don't like animals you should not live in the country. I say press charges as far as you can press them and don't give up. What's next? Are the family members going to be shot if one of the grandchildren accidentally kicks a ball in their yard? One other comment I forgot to make, another neighbor was phoned by the murderers a couple of years ago and asked where they wanted him to dig the hole to bury their dog after he shot it? Does this sound like a sane person to you or does this sound like a hunting accident? I don't think so. Isn't there a law against ANIMAL CRUELTY??????????????? Also, the news was wrong last night saying the neighbors had threatened to kill their dog before. It was the other neighbors the murderers had plotted against a couple of years ago.
Dog Leash law people.
Isn't it deer season? Could this be a hunting accident?
Roe asks, "How long has Lawrence been in Leavenworth Country?"
Folks who live in the Southwestern corner of Leavenworth County have Lawrence addresses and phone numbers as their residences are much closer to Lawrence than any towns in Leavenworth. Ditto for some folks who live in extreme southern Jefferson County. In other words, he's so close to the Douglas County line, a llama on his property could almost spit over the Douglas County line.
Years and years and years and years.
I don't get the LV county association either, but I will say, out here there are some real backwoodsy idiots that would shoot a dog just for messing up their precious deer hunt or maybe just to see if they could hit it with their big rifle. I have some n'er do wells in the immediate vicinity that have repeatedly ripped my "No Trespassing" signs down off the trees and have stolen county speed limit or other signs off our road. They've also stolen splitting mauls I was using just off my yard. They're meth heads, and I have reported them repeatedly. They ever shoot one of my dogs and I find out who did it, I'll take a personal interest in them. Fortunately, my dogs stick close to the house for the most part. There is one kid who openly defies me with his excessive speeding down our short length of dirt road. I'm talking 60-65 mph right by our drive. This punk will eventually wrap his car around a tree and it will definitely be an improvement to the neighborhood.
News to me . . How long has Lawrence been in Leavenworth county?
Can we get the full video on this?
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