Another family dog has been shot and killed, and police say the shooting was justified and charges won’t be filed. Even though this dog was shot only feet away from where young children were playing, and this mother says her children are now traumatized, WPXI News reported.
The Monaco Police Department is still investigating after Amber Wilson, mother of the two children, complained to police after a neighbor shot their black lab puppy Tyson on June 16. The 1-year-old pup was playing with Wilson’s children, ages 6 and 7, when Tyson ran into the yard of neighbor Thomas Rosenberger after pulling free from the leash her son had on his dog.
The family doesn’t understand why there are no charges being filed. But neighbors say they are on edge after a horrific pit bull attack a few months ago. Many carry guns to defend themselves from dog attacks. Several neighbors believe this prior dog attack may have caused Rosenberger to overreact to the situation with Tyson.
According to Monaca Police Chief William Petures, Rosenberger says Tyson attacked him, and he had to shoot the dog in self-defense. Rosenberger believes himself lucky that he always had a rake or some other tool close at hand to defend himself on previous occasions.
Another neighbor, Charles Hood, said the dog had attacked him several times.
Did Rosenberger go too far in shooting the dog only feet from young children? Wilson is concerned about the danger this man put her children in, and what would have happened if a bullet had gone astray and hit one of them.
In an interview with WPXI, Wilson stated “To shoot the dog in front of my kids — that’s sick. What if the bullet hit one of my kids?”
Tyson was rushed to a nearby veterinarian and underwent surgery Sunday night. He died of his injuries late Monday morning.
Tyson’s family intends to pursue this matter until someone is held accountable for his death.
Readers, how do you feel about this latest shooting? Was it justified, or another case of an innocent dog being gunned down?
Should charges of child endangerment be considered, since these young children were so close to Tyson when he was shot? Children who are most likely traumatized for life by what they saw.
Your comments are welcome.