Bird dog shot by property owner

by admin on 01-09-2013 in General Hunting Dogs, Hunting

Llewellin Setter on a hunt



The following is a story about Rock, a Llewellin Setter, who was killed on January 1, 2013 while out on a hunt with his owners.  He was killed for doing what he did best, finding birds.  Unfortunately, he wandered on to private property and was shot and killed by a farmer who was protecting his animals.  Story below: 

"The son of champion parents CH Arties Royal Mac (“Mac”) and Jackaranda White Rock (“Jackie”), our Llewellin Setter Rock came into our lives in December of 2011 as a sweet, VERY mellow cuddle bug of a puppy. As time went on, he matured into a still sweet, VERY mellow cuddle bug of a dog with the true marks of a champion. Rock was a member of our family who accompanied us nearly everywhere and greeted friends and strangers alike with both kisses and enthusiastic “body wags.” He spent the summer of 2012 in North Dakota working with expert bird dog trainer Greg Fryar of High Fly’n Kennels and returned to us that Fall full of promise. He had a new drive and clarity of focus in the field and seemed poised to take the pheasant world by storm. Llewellin breeders nationwide had high hopes for him, both in the field and as a breeding prospect.

Those hopes were crushed along with our hearts on the morning of January 1st, 2013. Rock and our white German shepherd, Bubba, had been missing since the previous afternoon. Both were wearing electronic hunting collars and had traveled beyond the range of the remote in search of birds. Unfortunately, they found those birds on the land of a local poultry farmer. We had spent the night searching for our dogs, driving up and down the dark country roads and calling until our throats were hoarse. We had driven by this man’s house more than once that night with no response from the dogs. After over 12 hours of frantic worrying, our worst nightmare came true when the farmer coldly informed us, “I didn’t get a shot at the shepherd, but I killed the other one. They were after my birds.” We drove to this man’s farm, where we found Rock’s poor lifeless body frozen into the ground in a pool of blood. He had been incapacitated with a shot to the hindquarters and then brutally executed with a shot to the back of the head. We had to dig his body out of the ice while the farmer stood by callously demanding payment for the few poultry he had lost.This is perfectly legal in the state of Minnesota, as well as in many other states in the US. We understand the importance of protecting one’s life and property; what we don’t understand is why Rock had to die. We would have gladly paid this man restitution for his livestock if we could only have had our beloved companion back alive."Story from the Justice for Rock Memorial FB Page. 

What are your thoughts on the matter?  We know dogs die every year from accidental shootings, but what about farmers and landowners that are protecting their property?

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