Owners of injured dog file lawsuit vs. shooter

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Monday, November 15, 2010
— The owners of a dog that was shot by a Milton man is suing the shooter for the cost of veterinary bills and other damages.

Lynn and James Morke, 9848 E. Highway 59, Milton, filed a civil complaint in Rock County Court against Dale A. Moore, 7720 N. County KK, Milton. Moore, 62, was arrested on charges of misdemeanor disorderly conduct while armed and misdemeanor mistreating animals.

According to court documents, Morke on May 21 was walking his two dogs on the south side of a railroad right-of-way near County KK in Lima Township. Moore was mowing his property on the other side of the railroad track.

One of Morke's dogs, Casey, lagged behind about 100 yards west of Morke and the other dog, Fritz. Morke and Fritz turned around and started walking west when suddenly Casey yelped and started sprinting west toward Morke's parked car.

When Morke caught up to Casey, he found an arrow in the left side of her chest. He removed the blunt-tipped arrow. He saw Moore walking back to his mower from a building on his property.

Morke jumped the fence and accused Moore of shooting the 10-year-old Great Pyrenees. If the arrow tip had been a different type, it would have killed the dog, Morke said.

Moore didn't deny that.

"You're lucky it was not a gun or she would have been dead. You're lucky it was a blunt," Moore said, according to court documents.

The attack was not provoked, according to the civil complaint.

Moore admitted to shooting the dog with his bow and arrow, according to Rock County Sheriff's Office reports.

The dog suffered severe injuries that required surgery. The Morkes suffered emotional distress and incurred veterinary bills, the complaint states.

The Morkes request a jury trial in the civil case. No court activity has been scheduled for the case, according to online records.

Moore is scheduled for a pretrial hearing at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 15, for the case related to his arrest. That case is scheduled for a jury trial starting Dec. 20, according to online records.

Last updated: 3:35 pm Thursday, December 13, 2012

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