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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Sheriff's Office investigating canine shootings

  • The Leavenworth County Sheriff's Office is investigating the recent shooting of three dogs in north Leavenworth County, the sheriff said.
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  • The Leavenworth County Sheriff's Office is investigating the recent shooting of three dogs in north Leavenworth County, the sheriff said.
    Two of the dogs were killed. The third is recovering.
    The dogs' owners both live on St. John's Road.
    The owner of two of the dogs reported that his blue heeler and a yellow Labrador retriever went missing March 15. The blue heeler returned home two days later, and had suffered a gunshot wound. The dog was treated by a veterinarian and is recovering at the owner's home, Sheriff Andy Dedeke said.
    The owner of another blue heeler reported that his dog disappeared around the same time. This second victim works for the county and, in the course of his duties, found the bodies of his blue heeler and the other victim's yellow Labrador retriever Tuesday on Roe Road east of U.S. 73.
    The two dogs had been shot multiple times with a small caliber firearm. Empty shell casings were collected at the scene by the owners of the dogs and turned over to the Sheriff's Office.
    Dedeke said it appears the dogs were deliberately shot at close range.
    "We are asking anybody with any information which will help investigators to contact the Leavenworth County Sheriff’s Office patrol division," Dedeke said.
    The Sheriff's Office can be reached at 913-682-5724.

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