‘How could you shoot this beautiful creature?’: Blue Mounds family wants justice after two dogs shot
The Dane County Sheriff’s Office is investigating after two dogs from a Blue Mounds family were shot over the weekend.
The two dogs belonged to the Thronson family. Eight-month-old Mack had to have his leg amputated, and the family found 5-year-old Diesel dead of a gunshot wound.
“There’s a big hole in our family right now,” Kathy Thronson said. “My daughter was totally in love with him, and her heart was absolutely broken just like the rest of ours.”
Thronson said the dogs liked to go on “adventures” and explore the family’s 80 acres of land. She didn’t think anything of it when the dogs set out on Saturday but became worried when they weren’t home the next morning.
She wrote several Facebook posts asking the community to help find her beloved dogs.
On Monday, Thronson found Mack, a Great Pyrenees and German shepherd mix, lying in his bed in their barn with a gunshot wound “the size of a baseball.”
“How could you shoot this beautiful creature?” she asked.
But their other dog Diesel was nowhere to be found.
The family rushed Mack to the vet and discovered his femur was shattered. They were hopeful the dog would be able to keep his leg.
“But they took one look at the X-ray and said, ‘There’s no way,’ so he had his leg amputated,” Thronson said.
A day later, she and a friend went to look for Diesel. They found the dog mix on land belonging to a neighboring farm.
“He had been shot through his back — his spine — and it went straight to his heart. So luckily he didn’t suffer, which was my biggest fear,” she said.
Thronson said she and her husband started tying Diesel up a few months ago after a neighbor threatened to hurt the dogs. The neighbor was upset that the dogs were chasing away the deer he was trying to hunt, Thronson said.
“These dogs didn’t deserve that,” she said. “I want justice for them.”
Lt. Kerry Porter with the Dane County Sheriff’s Office said it is illegal to shoot a dog, and the office will work to determine what happened.
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