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Two dogs found shot dead in Truro

By WBKatri  |  Posted: January 25, 2013

RSPCA has been informed after two dogs were found shot dead this week.

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A ST DAY woman has been left shocked after her two dogs that had been missing since December last year were found shot dead in woods this week.
Owner Mandy James appealed for help through the West Briton to find her four-year-old female rottweiler called Sky and rottweiler cross German shepherd Buster, aged 18 months.
The pair escaped her Gwennap Pit home on December 18.
On Tuesday this week, both dogs were found shot dead in Penstraze woods near Truro.
Animal welfare charity RSPCA has been informed.
Mrs James said: "They had both been shot at the back of their heads.
"It is possible that they were shot elsewhere and then dumped in the woods.
"I am so upset and I just want other dog owners to be aware what could happen and be careful with their dogs.
"My only consolation was that they were together."
The RSPCA's cruelty line is 0300 1234 999.

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  • Oscarsmummy  |  January 28 2013, 2:35PM

    Glad to see this Katri, my apologies. I could only comment from my experience, which I found difficult to get 2 missing dogs (Oscar and Sky) published. Nearly 2 years later, Sky has still had no coverage unless it had been paid by her owner in the adverts section. (Both dogs still missing) Owners of missing pets need as much help as possible. You would never understand how it feels unless it happened to you. After reading this article my sincere condolences go to Mandy James. Nobody should have to experience this. May I suggest a section in the paper dedicated to missing pets, that does not have to be paid for as an advert. Its already a emotionally draining time for owners, nevermind draining their finances too. Please have a look on the doglost website and search the SouthWest region and you will find just how many need the papers help. http://tinyurl.com/b47nt6r

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  • WBKatri  |  January 28 2013, 11:01AM

    @ Oscarsmummy and "@ Phil-lip The owner did contact the West Briton, we do want to know and in fact we did try to help her find her dogs. I have copied and pasted the article we published below. Thanks, Katri. A ST DAY woman is appealing for help to find her lost rottweiler and rottweiler cross German shepherd dogs. The friendly pets have been missing from their Gwennap Pit home since December 18. Owner Mandy James said they were last seen near Heartlands in Pool running towards Cornwall College: "They escaped through a hole in a fence, which is normally blocked. Both dogs are friendly so do not be afraid to approach them." The four-year-old rottweiler ***** is called Sky and she is wearing a black collar. The cross called Buster is 18 months old and wears a blue and green coloured collar. Anyone with any information is asked to call 01209 820597 or 07721 766026.

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  • Oscarsmummy  |  January 28 2013, 10:52AM

    @ Phil-lip How dare you make the assumption that the owner did not contact the papers a month before? I can speak from personal experience about trying to get the papers to publish something that will help try to find a missing dog. The news papers do not want to know, unless it has a juicy story behind it. So you pay for an advert to go in the lost and found section which most people ignore. The only reason my dog got into the paper is because I got threatened with prosecution by the council for putting posters up. As Janine said 'Do you think the papers really care?' No they don't, they just want a story to sell papers. We are ment to be a nation of animal lovers. This just proves that there are CRUEL, yes CRUEL people in this world that could do this to our PETS, with no thought for the pet or owner.

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  • Janie001  |  January 26 2013, 1:34PM

    I think you're missing the point.......I said IF it was a farmer, it would have been morally correct to inform the police or some other organisation who could have checked for a chip. Farmer are entitled to protect their livestock - I live in a very rural area so I DO know - so there would have no comeback to someone behaving in a responsible fashion. This was NOT responsible. Badgers and foxes are not pets; what part of that are you having problems with? Any responsible euthanasia is fine by me - I don't think I actually mentioned anything about cruelty in my post - perhaps you could point me to that part - it was more about moral responsibility if you read it properly instead of jumping to incorrect conclusions. If a motorist hits a dog on the road, there is a duty of care to inform the police, so what's the difference? A dead dog is a dead dog, no matter what the circumstances. As for contacting the papers - do you know how many dogs go missing each day? Try looking on DogLost.co.uk. Do you honestly think the papers really care? And as for making assumptions, how do you know the owner didn't contact the papers? See? You're just as guilty as the rest of us! I would reiterate that my previous post simply focussed on the fact that if the dogs HAD been shot by a farmer it would have been better if the relevant authorities had been informed. Don't read more into posts than is actually written!

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  • Phil_lip  |  January 26 2013, 11:40AM

    Janie Farmers kill Badgers and foxes all the time and dump them by the side of the road to look like road kill so it wouldn't be a surprise to find one removing them from his land and dumping them somewhere else, again not saying this is what happened but could have been, the same as it could have been a strapped owner, or a satanic cult, or even an alien incursion but without more information we do not know and should not fall into the same old trap. Again we do not know the full facts so speculating cruelty and yada yada yada like the almighty who do no wrong always do is short sighted. The woman who lost them on December 18th seemed so distraught about it and yet didn't talk to the papers till a month later when they were found, not knocking emotional ties people have with animals but there seems more to this than meets the eye, for starters if they had been there for a while they would have been eaten by predators, had maggots, worms and the like in them and been in a poor state generally. The article says nothing about estimated time, nothing about condition of bodies, nothing about micro chips and a few other things they could have looked into. Janie people who have extremely ill lizards and snakes freeze and euthanise them, is that really animal cruelty when a vet is not involved, or an informed and moral decision by the owner to save the animal further suffering?

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  • Janie001  |  January 26 2013, 10:56AM

    If it HAD been a farmer protecting livestock, then to just dump the bodies was the act of a coward. Both these dogs were much-loved pets and were microchipped, so could have been traced back to their owner immediately, instead of the poor woman having to wait since before Christmas. No excuse.

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  • Phil_lip  |  January 25 2013, 11:47PM

    Just because they were found shot does not mean it was an act of cruelty, let us not forget that farmers have the right to protect livestock and we are given no indication between them escaping and being shot as of yet, they could have been hungry and chased livestock and as they are used to humans could have come to the farmer when called in which he took the action. It is more of a worry that the owner didn't contact the paper about them back in December. Am not saying a farmer did shoot them but it could be what happened and till any investigation is carried out we will not know, so calling people cruel is a bit short sighted.

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  • Lhasa  |  January 25 2013, 10:51PM

    there are some cruel *******s in this world.

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  • redfrog  |  January 25 2013, 10:46PM

    some people think they have the right to do awful things becasue of misleading information. crulety like this is never acceptable...these guns can be traced....dogs are not ours to be shot please dog owners be on your guard and keep an eye out.

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  • Jood88  |  January 25 2013, 1:53PM

    aww, this story has made me feel very sad. Why are people so horrible these days? What a terrible thing to do, I can only imagine how devastated the owner must feel.

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