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Wanton cruelty / October 24, 2013

Dear Viewpoint:

I need your help. We live on Carter’s Lane off 501 in Halifax County. On Thursday, Oct. 17 at approximately 6 p.m. in the evening I was outside working in the yard when I heard my neighbors dogs start barking. My 2 German Shepherds (a 3 year old female and a 9 month old puppy) and 2 Olde English Bulldogge’s (a 3 year old female and an 8 month puppy) ran toward the neighbor’s house. Our houses are not visible from each other and are separated with woods. My son called to the dogs and the bulldog’s immediately returned. I continued to call for the German Shepherds without success, but figured they were probably swimming in the creek as they often do after they run for a little while. About 30 minutes later the shepherd puppy was on our front porch and the older one, Tazeen was nowhere to be found. This was unusual because these 2 dogs are inseparable. We continued to search up and down the road, through the woods and along the river without any sign of Tazeen. My husband went to speak to the neighbor, who admitted that they “shot at” our dogs. We asked them to show us where the dogs were when they were “shot at” and they were still on our property. Tazeen has never spent a night outside in her life, is the most loving and special dog anyone could ask for. She has puppies and would never leave them for long. If she were able to come home she would. I find it very hard to understand how someone could harm/kill someone’s loving pet, especially when they are on their own property and have never caused any problems. We have been searching the area for days looking for any sign of her, dead or alive and can find nothing. I can only imagine the pain she may have suffered at the hands of my neighbor. Now I’m worried every time I let by other dogs outside for exercise that they might run through the woods and we may never see them again.

Sincerely, the Abedeljalil family, Halifax

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