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Case ID: 20100
Classification: Shooting
Animal: dog (pit-bull)
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Tuesday, Aug 18, 2015

County: Jo Daviess

Disposition: Open

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The Jo Daviess County Sheriff's Department is investigating after a rural East Dubuque woman reported finding her dog shot to death in her front yard.

Julie Runde was leaving her home in a small subdivision at about 7:20 a.m. Tuesday when she noticed her 6-year-old, 12-pound Pekingese, Chomper, lying still in the yard, she wrote TH Media via Facebook message. The family's other dog, 10-year-old Hattie, was standing by his side.

Her husband, Greg, had let the dogs out at about 5 a.m., she recalled. She walked over to check on Chomper and discovered he was dead.

When she moved the dog to bury him, blood began pouring out of his body. That is when she found the bullet hole, she wrote.

"Chomper was feisty, full of life," she wrote. "Hattie was a rescue dog and looked to Chomper to guide her. He brought life back into her. She's lost now."

Julie and Greg have three children: 19-year-old Franchesca, 16-year-old Harrison and 10-year-old Ella.

"They were absolutely mortified that he was dead and more mortified knowing his last minutes were fear, pain and suffering," she said.

Runde said the family never received any complaints about their dogs. They barked at people walking by and Runde apologized, but passersby never seemed worried or irritated, she wrote.

"They thought he was comical, knowing just where invisible fence line was and never daring to cross," she said.

Runde said she knows it would be difficult to find the individual responsible. She reported it primarily to alert neighbors with children and pets, she said.

Sheriff's department Chief Deputy Craig Ketelsen said the family buried the dog before contacting officers. No shell casings were found at the scene.

The department hasn't had any other reported animal cruelty cases this year, Ketelsen said.
When animal cruelty is reported, it is often because animals have been left in cars or livestock has not been properly cared for, not because a family pet has been killed, Ketelsen added.

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