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Monday, Nov 25, 2002County: Waldo
Suspect(s) Unknown - We need your help!
Penny and Randy Chapman said their two dogs were intentionally shot on the otherside of their 130 acres of land.
Cinnamon was 5 year old female that had to be euthanized after she returned home with two bullet wounds. The other dog, Peanut, who was with Cinnamon the morning she disappeared ( Nov. 25) has not returned home and is presumed to be dead.
Penny Chapman has placed notices in area stores, offering a $250 reward for information on Peanut's fate. The poster shows a photo of the bassett hound-beagle cross.
Penny said, "I'd love to have (Peanut) home for Christmas, if anybody's got her." Chapman said she didn't think that happen because Peanut was always with Cinnamon and she would always come when called.
The Chapmans said they had one of their dogs, a Bassett hound, put down two years ago because she was chasing deer. Penny said neither Cinnamon or Peanut chased deer.
It is lawful in Maine to shoot a dog in self-defense or to protect wildlife, but not for chasing deer. A game warden told Penny, that hunters "might do that" if the dog is chasing deer.
The veterinarian told Chapman about Cinnamon's shooting "... the person was not in a tree stand. The person was looking right at her."
Chapman spoke to a neighbor, who told her no one outside the family is allowed to hunt on their property. About five hours after Cinnamon came back with her wounds, she saw the man's son with a shovel.
Penny said on the morning of Nov 25 the dogs followed her when she went to clean the horses' stalls, then the dogs chased a squirrel into the woods.
She called to the dogs about ten minutes later and they didn't come back. About half an hour later, Cinnamon returned with shoulder and neck wounds.
Randy Chapman said he found a blood trail just outside his property line. Nearby there were tracks from a four-wheeler. Randy said, "Whether they thought they dog was running deer, I couldn't say."
Penny said, "I will tell you, there were no deer tracks to be found within 50 feet of where she was shot."
If you have information on this case, please contact:
Penny & Randy Chapman
- Waterville ME Morning Sentinel - Dec 6, 2002
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