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Owner grieves over shot dogs

Published 10:59am Thursday, November 29, 2012

Two dogs were found shot and killed about a mile away from their home near Ten Mile Lake Tuesday morning.

Owner Natalie Rund said she always had them chained up or kept a close eye on them when she was outside, but they disappeared on her Monday afternoon.

“I called and looked for them, but I couldn’t find them,” she said. “I drove around a little bit, but I still couldn’t find them. When I got up (Tuesday) morning, they still weren’t home.”

Rund called the Otter Tail County Humane Society at about 8 a.m. and left a message because it didn’t open until 10 a.m.

“At about 11:30 (a.m. Tuesday), my mom came to my house, and a friend of the family had been driving on the county line and saw them in the ditch,” she said. “When my mom told me, I didn’t want to believe it. My mom and I went over there. I hoped it wasn’t them, but they definitely were.”

Rund found Jake, a 6-year-old lab cross, and Levi, a 5-year-old springer spaniel, shot and killed about 20 feet away from each other in the ditch about a mile south of her house.

“I thought about it throughout the day and decided to call the sheriff’s office (Tuesday) afternoon,” she said. “There were no houses around or anything they could have been getting into.”

Both dogs had collars and proper identification, and nobody lived around the area where they were found.

“I didn’t want to believe it until I saw them, and then I just felt bad. Like maybe I should have looked for them harder or something,” Rund said. “I don’t think I could have done anything else. I just feel so bad because they were so innocent.”

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