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Case ID: 16775
Classification: Shooting
Animal: dog (non pit-bull)
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Judge(s): James Foster

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Monday, Mar 1, 2010

County: Lancaster

Charges: Misdemeanor
Disposition: Dismissed

Person of Interest: Kyle L. Brunkow

Case Updates: 1 update(s) available

A man suspected of shooting a golden retriever outside the Kramer Tavern early Monday had three rifles in his truck when authorities stopped him shortly after the incident was reported.

Lancaster County Sheriff Terry Wagner said Kyle L. Brunkow, 26, of Firth, was arrested on suspicion of animal cruelty, shooting from the road and second-offense driving under the influence.

Brunkow left the town bar by himself about 1 a.m., the sheriff's office said.

Tyler Stehlik, 24, was inside with friends at the time, and a minute later, he told the sheriff's office, he heard a single gunshot.

A friend went outside and said he heard Stehlik's dog Boomer yelping. Wagner said the dog had been shot once in the left shoulder.

When asked by bar patrons if he shot the dog, Brunkow said, "No, I missed it," the sheriff said. Then he drove away in a white Ford pickup.

Wagner said a sheriff's deputy stopped Brunkow near his home. He was later cited and released to detox.

Boomer was taken to Lothrop Animal Clinic in Crete and was still there Monday morning. Stehlik said the dog was doing well Monday morning.

He said Boomer follows him everywhere and was waiting outside the bar for him.

"He's a very, very friendly golden retriever," he said.

Case Updates

A 27-year-old Firth man who shot a golden retriever outside a bar in March was given pretrial diversion on an animal cruelty charge.

Kyle Brunkow's case was dismissed Wednesday as a result.

He already is on probation for second-offense DUI for driving away after shooting the dog.

To that charge, he pleaded no contest. In June, Lancaster County Judge James Foster gave him 30 days in jail and a $1,000 fine, revoked his license for two years and gave him two years of probation.

According to the Lancaster County Sheriff's office, Brunkow walked out of the Kramer Tavern alone March 1 at about 1 a.m. and shot Tyler Stehlik's dog, Boomer, who follows Stehlik everywhere and was waiting outside the bar for him.

Stehlik said he was inside with friends when he heard a single gunshot.

A friend went outside and said he heard a dog yelping. Boomer had been shot once in the left shoulder.

The friend asked Brunkow if he shot the dog. He said he missed, then drove away in a white Ford pickup.

Stehlik reported it, and a Lancaster County sheriff's deputy stopped Brunkow near his home, arresting him for second-offense DUI. His blood-alcohol level tested at .228, according to the incident report.

Meanwhile, Boomer was treated at an animal clinic in Crete and has made a full recovery, Stehlik said Thursday.

"Boomer has recovered 100 percent," he said. "He's doing great."

Stehlik said it took a couple of months for the dog to get back to normal. And he's finally playing fetch again.

But Stehlik doesn't think Boomer will want to go hunting with him this year.
Source: - Aug 12, 2010
Update posted on Nov 5, 2010 - 12:06PM 


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