Dog shooting sparks debate

Lilly was a bright light in Kayla Quales' world.

A gift from her family and husband last Easter, the Australian shepherd-pointer mix was loving and energetic.

“Her personality matched her brindle,” said Quales, who lives in Kempton — a rural of Berks County.

On Nov. 9, 10-month-old Lilly was playing at Quales' mother's house when she ran into the neighboring woods.

Within three hours, Quales received a call informing her that her dog had been shot by a bowhunter.

Quales said she was told the hunter had mistaken her dog for a coyote.

“I don't want to speculate on what happened, but she did suffer, and she didn't deserve that,” Quales said.

The is investigating. No official details of that investigation were available last week.

After articles about the shooting appeared on local television and newspaper websites, a debate began on the message board over who was at fault.

Some said the owners shouldn't have allowed the dog to run off their property.

Others said the hunter either knowingly killed a family pet for no good reason or broke a basic tenet of hunting safety, which dictates that hunters positively identify their targets before they shoot.

But what does the law say?

There are instances in which dogs running free can be shot under Pennsylvania law, but they are rare, says Keith Mohler, the Humane Society police officer for Pennsylvania SPCA in Lancaster County.

“It's a very narrow window,” he said. “You can't just shoot a strange dog because it wanders onto your property.”


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