Justice for Dog Shot While Protecting Owners


Target: David J. O’Leary, Rock County Wisconsin District Attorney

Goal: Charge alleged would-be robber with animal cruelty for shooting dog during commission of a crime.

While protecting his owners during an alleged home invasion, three-legged Levi was shot by the intruder. According to Darcy Cherry and her boyfriend Bob Stenzel, the intruder drew his gun and demanded they get on the ground and tell him where they keep the safe and money. Cherry tells interviewers that she feared for their lives. They don’t have a safe and keep very little money in the house.

With Levi barking at the intruder, the couple got on the ground, hoping to appease the man and thwart the attempted robbery. Cherry indicates that not more than a minute later, the intruder shot Levi. According to veterinarian reports, the bullet grazed Levi’s head and lodged in his shoulder. He is expected to make a full recovery, but the family remains traumatized by the event and police have yet to locate the suspect.

Demand this would-be robber is charged with animal cruelty in addition to the home invasion charges once he is found.


Dear Attorney O’Leary,

A local couple reports their dog was shot during an attempted robbery. The suspect broke into their home, demanding they get on the ground and tell him where they keep the safe and money. Darcy Cherry and her boyfriend indicate they don’t have a safe and keep little money in the house, but got on the ground hoping to calm the situation.

According to police reports, moments later the would-be robber shot the family dog, Levi, and left without taking anything of financial value. Levi lost one leg years ago during a hiking accident protecting Cherry’s son. Vet reports indicate that the bullet grazed Levi’s head and lodged in his shoulder. Although he is expected to make a full recovery, the man who shot him deserves punishment.

We demand the suspect is charged with animal cruelty in addition to home invasion charges.


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Photo Credit: Timothy Krause

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  1. Carol Bowen says:

    Hope they catch this sadistic heartless inhuman, lock him up and throw away the key. Bastard !!!

    • This is despicable! Charge the thief. It seems that Perpetrators get away with murder & the poor dog was defending the family, only to be hurt. Charge the jerk & make the bully pay for the vet bills. These Morons have nothing better to do & the law seems to protect Villains!

  2. Catherine Dugan says:

    The poor dog was protecting his family and he gets shot. If the robber shot a person, they would charge him for it; why not a cherished pet?

  3. sandra phillips says:

    Awful. He needs lots of jail time

  4. Neville Bruce says:

    Hope they catch him!

  5. We must STOP criminal acts — his punishment & penalties should be severe — society MUST teach that criminal behavior along with irrational & heartless abuse of animals will NOT be accepted — REMEMBER. we want NO REPEATS of such crimes against people AND animals.

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