Two beautiful Alaskan Malamutes named Tucker and Huey were shot on June 26 by a neighbor after the dogs followed the man home, according to a July 9 post on Life With Dogs. Their owner’s, Jeff and Dawn McClellan, believe the man who shot them should be held accountable.
He then told police he had never seen the dogs before, and they weren’t wearing a collar or tags. The officer told the neighbor he had the legal right to shoot the dogs to defend himself.
Meanwhile, the McClellan family was searching for the two dogs. Jeff was the one to find them. In less than 15-20 minutes after their escape from the family property, these two beautiful show dogs were now dead.
Jeff pulled up at the neighbor’s house as the man was dragging their bodies out of his garage. After driving back to get Dawn, Jeff got on the phone to police and Dawn jumped out of the truck and started questioning the neighbor as to why the dogs were shot. The man answered because the dogs wouldn’t leave his property and that one dog was drooling.
When questioned by Dawn, the neighbor told her the dogs didn’t snap at him or bite him or act aggressively. They didn’t destroy his property or do anything wrong. They simply wouldn’t leave.
At this point, the officer who was on the phone with Jeff told them to wait in their truck until he arrived. During the wait, the McClellan family watched as Lirot as he cleaned up the blood spread from his garage to the driveway.
According to a report by Life With Dogs, although the McClellan family doesn’t know exactly what happened to Tucker and Huey, they can put the pieces together. Tucker had a rope tied around his neck. The McClellans believe Huey was shot first and Tucker was tied up and then shot.
The police report (can be downloaded from here) reads as follows. The actual report, available on the Justice for Tucker and Huey page has the neighbor’s name blanked out. It was given on the Life With Dogs site, but I was asked not to use it here.
Called advised that 2 Siberian Huskies were in his yard and they were aggressive. The caller advised that they are circling him and that he had shot one. The caller further advised that he has never seen them before.
I spoke with Mr.(blanked out) on the phone and advised him he did have the right to protect himself and property if he was in danger.
FURTHER OFFICER’S ACTIONS:
Within a matter of a half hour, I was dispatch back to this location as the owner of the dogs now had shown up.
CONTACT W/JEFF MCCLELLAN:
Deputy Ludeker and myself made contact with Mc. McClellan in the driveway of (blanked out) Rd. I advised McClellan of what Mr. (blanked out) had reported earlier. McClellan denied the dogs being aggressive and did confirm that he did not have the dogs licensed.
I advised the owner due to the statement Mr. (blanked out) gave me there wasn’t much I could enforce. I further advised him that I could enforce the dog license and dog at large issue. Both parties went their separate ways with no further problems.
A petition has been started in an effort to get justice for Tucker and Huey. The dog community believes the police report was poorly done, with the dog owner’s pleas ignored.
A Facebook page Justice for Tucker and Huey now has more than 3400 members.
There are several disturbing elements to this incident.
*Why was the neighbor on the McClellan property at night without permission? If he hadn’t been trespassing, none of this would have happened.
*Is there a chance he tied the rope on one of the dogs to drag the dog to his home, where he could then shoot it?
*Why did the neighbor allow the dogs into his garage if he believed them aggressive? One would think he would either close the garage door to keep them out or go into his home.
*Why did the neighbor say he’d never seen Tucker and Huey when he obviously came onto their property on a regular basis?
*Are there any injuries to back up the neighbor’s story? If these dogs were aggressive, surely he’d have been injured while tying one dog up.
Tucker and Huey were show dogs. They had been trained from an early age to remain calm around people.
Dawn best describes what losing these two beautiful dogs has done to her family.
“They loved all people and thought all people loved them . We had no idea that being happy lovable and social dogs would get them killed. I still can’t believe it, how anyone could be this heartless. We love them and miss them dearly and I know that I will never forgive myself either, for letting my boys down and not being there to protect them.”
It’s unlikely anything can or will be done to find justice for Tucker and Huey. The neighbor will be believed, and the police will do nothing. The burden of proof saying the dogs weren’t aggressive is on the dog owners in this case. Unless it can be proven Tucker and Huey were killed for no other reason than refusing to leave, police must believe the person filing the report.
Dogs are considered property in Michigan. Until laws change stating otherwise, more family dogs will be murdered by neighbors. Their only crime is to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Neighbors aren’t what they used to be. Even in small towns, there are people who can’t wait to shoot a dog that has come onto their property. Just because they can get away with it doesn’t make it right.
What are your thoughts on what can be done in this case to bring justice to Tucker and Huey? This is a tough call, since the dogs started out on their own property, then followed this man home, where they were shot and killed in his garage.
Your comments are welcome.