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. From what this says this doesn’t add up. There was a case possibly similar to this in PA. A farmer shot 2 Bernese Mtn dogs because he claimed they attacked his sheep and was going for him. The autopsy on the dogs proved the dogs were running from him. The dogs weren’t aggressive dogs.
    He was prosecuted and found guilty even with the law enabling farmers to protect livestock.

  2. Lisa Zarafonetis Lisa Zarafonetis says:

    P. O. S. Bastard❗️😒
    Good for nothing asswipe❗️😠
    Signed & shared 😡

  3. This breed of dog is notoriously gentle. I feel this neighbour has some other axe to grind with his neighbours and took it out on the family pet. What a useless loser – he needs to be prosecuted as next time he is irritated, maybe by a child, he could carry out the same sad punishment in “self defence”.

  4. Elaine Milbourn says:

    What a rotten to the core individual. His story just doesn’t ring true. If evidence is found to reveal the truth, he needs dealing with because he is obviously not a safe person to be living where there are animals and children.

  5. Protecting himself and his livestock from what? Walle was a non aggressive gentle dog the autopsy proved he was running away when he was shot. Walle DID NOT DESERVE TO DIE by Bernese ( This man is LYING and is EVIL ) he deserved to be PUNISHED to the FULLEST that means JAIL TIME. This family has lost a family member Walle will not come home and why because of this EVIL MAN

  6. Keep thsee chickens penned up or have a fence around the yard, don’t abuse an innocent animal

  7. Tia Faggiano says:

    No way! Whoever killed this Beautiful animal definitely has MENTAL ISSUES!!!
    I’m sorry for your loss! Please punish the Scumbbag LOSER!! Hello Judges… wake the F up! I signed your petition! Good luck 🍀💜🙏

  8. Annica Eriksson says:

    Punish the RETARD that shot this poor defensless dog.

  9. Tamara Williams says:

    If I was his neighbor I would fix his ass one way or another….

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