Dog killed by hunter

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Michelle Verville will never forget the sound of the single gunshot that rang out through the forest Friday morning.

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Hunters wife

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Dec 4, 2007
 
This was an unfortunate event, but it is easy to mistake a large dog for a deer in the woods. It is best to wear bright colors regardless of the time of year just for increased visibility. Also there are many responsible hunters out there that abide by the rules. Don't let one careless one taint your viewpoint.
Wow

Roslindale, MA

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Dec 4, 2007
 
Hunters wife wrote:
This was an unfortunate event, but it is easy to mistake a large dog for a deer in the woods. It is best to wear bright colors regardless of the time of year just for increased visibility. Also there are many responsible hunters out there that abide by the rules. Don't let one careless one taint your viewpoint.
Those responsible hunters won't bring the dog back. I don't believe there should be any hunting in the forest. There's a lot of people hiking, walking and mountain biking in there at any given time and it's just an accident waiting to happen.
Shannon

North Chelmsford, MA

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#3
Dec 4, 2007
 
That is so awful!! I am so sorry to hear about your loss. I hate hunters!! I don't agree with hunting at all! And that is scary to know that you can't even take your pets out for a walk without worrying about someone shooting them. I really hope they can find the person who did it!
Cricket

Stoneham, MA

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Dec 4, 2007
 
Find him, convict him, and throw away the key. If this was intentional, he should be prosecuted and put away. No humanity, no conscience, no guilt-he's a pretty poor excuse for a human being.
Bronson

Ware, MA

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Dec 4, 2007
 
First, thank goodness Michelle did not get shot. Second, lets not have one bad hunter ruin the sport for everyone. If you do not like hunting and have hatred for others who do, having that kind of moonbat attitude is uncalled for. This is not the place for me to vent about that, I feel for this woman who lost her dog. Since nothing will change soon, we as a people must make changes to protect ourselves. First and most importantly, learn when hunting is permitted, there is more hunting than just shotgun deer season, so find out when you should wear bright orange,what the dates are for birds and other types of hunting (muzzleloader, archery, etc.) or best yet, stay out. Also, I think Ali is right, with all the development around that forest, the state should consider whether or not hunting can be done safely enough in that forest to continue it. Last, I thought snowmobiles were no longer allowed in the forest. I know ATVs and dirtbikes are not allowed. If someone knows the rule regarding that, please let me know.
Billy

Brookline, MA

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#6
Dec 4, 2007
 
It's sad their dog was killed.They were lucky they did not get shot!I would NEVER walk near woods or in them during Hunting Season.
Neutral

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Dec 4, 2007
 
I am very sorry for this woman and the loss of her dog but you can't just criminalize all hunters because of one rogue, if he was even that.
He could have mistaken the dog for a deer, who knows? If that many people use the Dracut State Forest for recreation then there should be a designated area for hunters, far away from the recreation areas, or no hunting at all.
Plus they obviously were letting the dog run loose, and from my own personal experience people should always keep their dogs on a lead, I can't tell you how many times I have walked trails in various places to be accosted by someone's dog, and I don't appreciate it because I have been attacked more than once now by a dog some careless owner just let roam.
I'm not saying they deserved to lose their dog but dog owners need to be a little more considerate of others and use some common sense.
Linda Verville

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Dec 4, 2007
 
I just hope that the person that did this terrible thing to Smokey is man enough to come forward and own up to what he has done. Smokey was a good dog that loved people and will be missed by all of us.

Michelle's Mom
Jen

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Dec 4, 2007
 
I'm sure it was not intentional. When you hunt with a gun you can kill from long range so it is possible to mistake a black dog for a deer. I think the shooter should come forward but should not have to worry about being punished. If you walk in the woods you should know when it is hunting season and always wear orange, pets included. Also, is there not a leash law in that town?
zeeman

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#10
Dec 4, 2007
 
Maybe the dog was chasing a deer.
Ask what a game warden will do if he see a dog chasing a deer.
sam

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Dec 4, 2007
 
A black lab for a deer? I really do not see how they look alike. Ones black ones not black.
Hunters wife wrote:
This was an unfortunate event, but it is easy to mistake a large dog for a deer in the woods. It is best to wear bright colors regardless of the time of year just for increased visibility. Also there are many responsible hunters out there that abide by the rules. Don't let one careless one taint your viewpoint.
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#12
Dec 4, 2007
 
I wonder how many pints of Jack Daniels this ahole went through before he thougt the BLACK lab was a deer. He must have been drinking a little human antifreeze and had his beer goggles on.
mooma

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#13
Dec 4, 2007
 
How can someone possibly mistake a BLACK lab for a deer. Isn't there a law anyway regarding the size of the deer that can be taken. I'm sure this dog was no where near that size/weight. If people use this area for recreation, why are hunters allowed to be walking around with loaded guns. Can't they find areas that are more suited for hunting (which I don't approve of). And if you're a true sportsman, you would use a bow and arrow like the Indians did, and not kill for the sport, but for food.

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#14
Dec 4, 2007
 
I feel for this lady, I truly do. That Hunter was a jerk for leaving and not offering to help.

HOWEVER, I do also agree with Neutral that this could have been avoided had the owner followed the 25 page leash law the city of Lowell has on the books. Let me summarize it for you- If your not in your house or in a fenced in area, your dog should be on a leash no loner then 6'. My dog(leashed) was attacked by two Boxers( not leashed) and the owner fled as well. 99% of dog problems in this city could be avoided by following the leash law.
Jen

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#15
Dec 4, 2007
 
If you look at those pictures, that dog is not all black. He does have brown on him.

Mooma-there is no law on the size of the deer you can hunt. Also there are different times for different types of hunting. There is a time for Archery and another for Shotgun. I know lots of people that hunt and every single one of them eats the meat from the animal. Hunting is permitted in that location, that is why they can walk around with loaded guns. So Mooma-you have no idea WTF you are talking about.
judy

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#16
Dec 4, 2007
 
Hunting shouldn't be allowed anywhere for sport.If you want meat go to a grocery store where tons of it is thrown away daily and pay for it like everyone else instead of killing defenseless animals of any kind , the poor dog died needlessly for some fool to play with a stupid gun that isn't even supposed to be allowed in Massachusetts.Weapons are illegal in MA and yet double standards are ok for idiots.
cody page

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#17
Dec 4, 2007
 
my dog is gone, we all grew up playing,partiying,and biking in these woods. im really confused on why or how this happened,but it did and whomever comes this close to the city to hunt is not a real hunter,with all the walking and biking maps available i feel this is not a place for hunters,some people up north have yards just as big as this section of woods,this should not have happend, there is an 8 year old without his 4th birthday gift....SMOKEY!!!
Wow

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Dec 4, 2007
 
Jen wrote:
If you look at those pictures, that dog is not all black. He does have brown on him.
Mooma-there is no law on the size of the deer you can hunt. Also there are different times for different types of hunting. There is a time for Archery and another for Shotgun. I know lots of people that hunt and every single one of them eats the meat from the animal. Hunting is permitted in that location, that is why they can walk around with loaded guns. So Mooma-you have no idea WTF you are talking about.
Who cares if the dog was all brown, it's a dog. If you can't tell the difference between the two then you shouldn't be hunting.
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#19
Dec 4, 2007
 
Judy, Judy, Judy............typical Mass liberal mentality. Open mouth.....insert foot ma'am. PLEASE, do a little reserch or learn the laws before you spout your sewage.
to Judy

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#20
Dec 4, 2007
 
You have no idea what you are talking about. Guns are NOT illegal in MA. "poor defenseless animals"??? What do you think those cows, chickens, turkeys, pigs etc. in the store were? If hunting were banned there would be alot of deaths from people hitting animals while driving. There needs to be animal control for safety issues. God put those animals here for humans to hunt and eat for survival.

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