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Tuesday, May 12, 2009County: Washoe
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Reno police are investigating the shooting death of a dog that occurred Monday on a Reno golf course, the second canine killing in as many days.
Woody, a 4-year-old black Labrador retriever had been on the 18th hole on the Lakeridge golf course when a "pop" was heard by a maintenance man, that was followed by the dog yelping, police said. Woody soon died.
The incident occurred about 8:47 a.m., Monday, at the course on Golf Drive.
Authorities suspect that someone in the neighborhood fired one rifle shot at the dog, which was used as a deterrent to rodents on the course. A detective has been assigned the case and officers were canvassing the surrounding neighborhoods for clues.
No arrests have been made.
It was unknown Tuesday where the dog had been shot, and a necropsy on the animal's body was going to be scheduled, said Lt. Robert McDonald, who heads the robbery/homicide unit.
"There was absolutely no reason why this occurred," McDonald said. "This dog performed a function on that golf course and surely the residents knew that. I have no idea why someone would do this."
McDonald said the shot fired could have easily missed the dog and struck someone, or traveled through a home.
"We are taking this very seriously," he said. "What if they missed and it really hurt someone? Whoever did this needs to answer."
- Reno Gazette-Journal - May 13, 2009
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