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Follow up: Authorities explain dog shooting incident


ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- Here's a follow-up on a story we first brought you Tuesday. It's the story of two dogs who were shot to death near Dodge Center. We spoke with the owners who say their daughter accidentally let the dogs loose.

Hours later they discovered the dogs had made their way to the property of a neighbor, who shot them - several times.

On Wednesday, we talked to several people who say there is more to the story. A number of phone calls came in to us in defense of that farmer who fired the gun. They said the dogs have been known to roam around displaying threatening behavior.

One woman said they came after her cats several times.

Dodge County Sheriff Jim Jensen says Sunday--the day the dogs were killed--the farmer had actually called law enforcement, and told them these dogs had killed their cats, growled at the them, and were chasing their horses around. They wanted to see if law enforcement could step in.

Unfortunately, there is no county ordinance or legal right for Sheriff Jensen or his deputies to do that. But, Sheriff Jensen did explain that persons have a right to protect their own animals.

Sheriff Jensen also said there are no laws that allow them to go get the animals in this situation, so right now they are working their best to keep peace between the two families.

There are no charges being filed against either of the parties.

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