Neighbor Accused of Shooting Family Dog Five Times Must be Prosecuted

Target: Frank B. Alvihiera, Lakeville Chief of Police, Massachusetts

Goal: Punish a man accused of shooting a neighbor’s dog five times.

A man allegedly shot a family’s 1-year-old golden retriever for attacking chickens on his property. The man claims that the dog had growled and shown his teeth, prompting him to shoot this animal five times out of ‘self-defense.’ Demand justice for this innocent dog.

The dog, named Walle, had wandered away from his family’s nine-acre property after running loose from an open door. His owners claimed that they heard gunshots while they were trying to call him back, and feared for the worst. When confronted, their neighbor reportedly admitted to killing Walle, and told the owners that the golden retriever had behaved aggressively and had killed one of his chickens. One of the dog’s owners, Patrick Bates, has said that he wished “he would’ve talked to us,” before shooting and killing his canine friend.

An arrest for this act of animal cruelty seems unlikely at this time given the fact that the neighbor claims he felt threatened by the dog. We must demand that a full investigation take place and that this man is punished if it is found that he killed this dog unnecessarily. Please add your signature to the petition below to help this family get justice for their beloved pet.


Dear Police Chief Alvihiera,

A dog was reportedly shot and killed by a man who reported that the animal was attacking his chickens. The alleged shooter claims that he was trying to protect himself and his livestock at the time he fired five shots into the one-year-old golden retriever, killing him at the scene. This use of lethal force seems excessive and must be investigated.

The family has stated that their dog was not aggressive and would not have caused any harm. We, the undersigned, demand that a full investigation take place and that this man be punished if he is found responsible for using excessive and deadly force against this innocent animal.


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  1. Angela Grammatico says:

    Send this guy to Jail and fine him 25,000 for this Horrible thing he did !!!

  2. So a man watches his chickens being killed by a neighbor’s dog and he is the asshole. Wow! The pharmaceuticals have completely infiltrated our water system for this batshit crazy logic. So it’s okay for innocent chickens to be killed by the irresponsibility of his neighbor, but it’s not okay for him to shoot the animal responsible for killing HIS ANIMALS. Selective outrage is disgusting. Why don’t you direct your anger in the appropriate direction, which would be the owner of the dog.

  3. Marilyn Glasgow says:

    If this dog was behaving “aggressively” by growling and showing his teeth, what do you call what this asshole did by shooting him five times?In self defence? Five times? Sounds like a bit of a sissypants to me. He did it because he could and he is a mean, sadistic piece of crap. Poor Walle, to have lived next door to that Rest in peace, angel.

  4. Am glad this mean prick is not my neighbour !!! I fought a pitbull when it attacked my dog (and won although I lost my finger nails)so please do not give me the lame excuse that it was out of self defense.
    Really !! 5 bullets ???? A near miss would have the scared the poor dog home. To do this to a family pet is a cowardly act. This guy should be prosecuted for reckless discharge of a firearm causing a fatality.
    Am so sorry for the poor family.

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