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News :: Sheriff offers animal shooting update; reward offered
· 5:01pm February 20th, 2013
Benton County Sheriff Randy Forsyth reported today that there have been two incidents involving shooting of a dogs, not three as has been reported by some sources.
The first incident was a case where there was a dog running loose on someone else's property and attacking that property owner's cats. Based on Iowa law, if there is a dog running loose attacking other animals it is lawful to dispose of it. This incident is considered closed.
The Iowa Code regarding loose dogs is listed below:
351.26 Right and duty to kill untagged dog.
It shall be lawful for any person, and the duty of all peace officers within their respective jurisdictions unless such jurisdiction shall have otherwise provided for the seizure and impoundment of dogs, to kill any dog for which a rabies vaccination tag is required, when the dog is not wearing a collar with rabies vaccination tag attached.
[C24, 27, 31, 35, 39, §5448; C46, 50, 54, 58, 62, 66, 71, 73, 75, 77, 79, 81, §351.26]
94 Acts, ch 1173, §33
The second shooting, which happened Monday night, involved a dog that was along the road and was shot three times with a pellet gun. That dog is alive and being treated by a local veterinary clinic and is expected to recover fully.
The Benton County Sheriff's Department is still investigating the second incident. They are actively seeking any information that anyone may have on a small sized blue or teal pickup with a matching topper that may have been in the area at the same time and may have witnessed the incident.
A $2500.00 reward has been offered for information that would lead to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons involved. If you have any information regarding this case please call the Benton County Sheriff’s Office at 319-472-2337 or your local law enforcement agency.
If you are familiar with this vehicle, please contact the Benton County Sheriff's Office at 319-472-2337.
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