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Case ID: 5001
Classification: Shooting
Animal: dog (non pit-bull)
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Thursday, Jun 30, 2005

County: Summit

Disposition: Open

Suspect(s) Unknown - We need your help!

Russell Ilg said the family vet has attributed his 15-month-old German Rottweiler's untimely death to a heart attack that resulted after the dog was shot with a pellet rifle.

"I just don't know what provoked it,'' Ilg said.

Russell and Angel Ilg and their four children live with Sergeant Major Isabella, a 4-year-old American Rottweiler; Sadie, an 8-year-old Cairn Terrier; and until recently, Genevieve, the Rottweiler.

The dogs are typically tied up outside when the family goes out, and that was the case last Thursday, Russell Ilg said.

When they returned home about 2 p.m., Ashley Ilg, 11, found the Rottweiler dead in the yard.

The dog had a mysterious wound that a quick look around the yard could not explain, so Ilg filed a report with Tallmadge police. Afterward, a trip to the vet confirmed the cause of death.

``My kids are very, very upset,'' Ilg said. Ashley, in particular, was ``absolutely devastated'' because the Rottweiler was hers.

The dog was cremated Saturday and its remains returned to the family.


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