Animals do not have ability to speak out
Editor, the Advocate:
Any time I read or become aware of a situation involving animals, good or bad, you are sure to hear from me.
First of all, I want to extend my heartfelt sympathies to Knight's owners. A beloved pet is temporarily chained for his protection with the assumption that the owners will return home to a wagging tail - so happy to see them. Instead, they came home to find their pet slaughtered.
Not notifying the owners of their dog being shot (and killed) is just inexcusable. Whatever the circumstances, Knight did not have or wasn't given a chance.
I have dogs, and I know each one's nature. I act according to each personality. Some I don't worry about around others, and some I do. I know to take necessary precautions - as Knight's family seemed to have done.
Whoever killed him, take a good look at the photos in the Advocate. Of course, you have your story, and you know what really happened. However, Knight can't speak for himself. Hopefully, his owners will speak for him, as they have done already.
Whatever the outcome, it will not end the pain of those who knew and loved him. Again, my heart goes out to you.
Esmeralda Hein, Van Vleck