Dog’s wound prompts effort to change law

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Ted Sullivan
Thursday, June 3, 2010
— While wagging her tail with her tongue hanging out, Casey suddenly yelped.

“She had an arrow embedded in her left side,” said James Morke, who owns the 10-year-old Great Pyrenees. “You don’t just walk up and shoot someone’s pet. I mean, that’s nuts.”

Dale A. Moore, 62, of 7720 N. County KK, Milton, was arrested on charges of misdemeanor disorderly conduct while armed and misdemeanor mistreating animals.

Moore admitted to investigators he shot the dog with his bow and arrow, according to Rock County Sheriff’s Office reports.

Casey’s owners now want the state Legislature to make mistreating animals a felony. They plan to collect signatures and lobby legislators.

“Our dogs give us so much joy and unconditional love. I feel we need to have a voice for them,” Lynn Morke said. “I just can’t believe that someone would think this was OK.”

James was walking Casey and his German shorthair, Fritz, along the railroad tracks Friday, May 21, near Milton when Casey stopped because she was tired and hot.

Casey waited for James and Fritz to turn around. She was then struck with the arrow and started running away.

James thought his dog was stung or scratched. The 105-pound animal is generally docile and laid back, he said.

“It was a deliberate, unprovoked attack on my dog,” Lynn said. “She was doing nothing but sitting down and resting.”

The arrow pierced Casey’s chest cavity, dangerously close to her lungs and diaphragm. The dog survived because her long, thick white coat protected her.

“It was a good shot,” James said. “It was a kill shot.”

James, who was ticketed for trespass to railroad, jerked the arrow out of Casey’s body and confronted the shooter.

“I didn’t go crazy, but I was (mad),” he said.

Casey is a friendly dog that only growls when a cat goes near her food dish. She often greets people on hiking trails or at the dog park, her owners said.

“She didn’t ask to get shot. She didn’t do anything worthy of being shot,” Lynn said. “I don’t think there is an open hunting season on dogs.”

Casey had to have surgery at an animal hospital in Waukesha. She is taking 22 pills a day to recover and prevent an infection. Her vet bills add up to $4,500.

She is bandaged and shaved because of her injuries.

“For a lot of us that don’t have children, our dogs become an extended member of our family. Our dogs are precious as children are precious,” Lynn said.

“I don’t want anyone to go through what we’ve gone through in the last week,” she said. “I can’t even think of a word to describe how horrible it has been.”

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