Millions of people have dogs as pets. When properly raised, they have funny personalities, love to cuddle, and they’re loyal to a fault. Especially for a lot of military personnel, dogs bring comfort. That’s why so many use this particular animal to help them deal with PTSD. The bottom line…the saying, “Dog is man’s best friend,” is 100 percent spot-on.
Life would never be the same
For one Army veteran, his life changed dramatically when he found a note from a neighbor pertaining to his dog Nymeria. It occurred in December in Mississippi. After his pet ran off, Chad Stricker searched for more than a week but without any luck. But after finding the note, he felt as though someone had kicked him in the gut.
Chad did everything right
Nymeria was a wolf-dog hybrid. For that reason, Chad made sure everyone knew she was extremely gentle in spite of her size. While some hybrid animals are aggressive and even unpredictable, he’d raised her in a loving home. Nymeria was an adorable puppy that grew into a gorgeous adult. She was so good with kids and everyone who met her, and she had 10 acres of land to roam.
The note left in the mailbox was heartless, to say the least
Written by a neighbor, it read, “I’m sorry to inform you that your dog was shot and killed Saturday night while digging through my garbage. It did not suffer and I did not take pleasure in killing it.” Chad couldn’t fathom how this could happen. She had a collar on and looked like a black German Shepherd.
The note had more to say
The neighbor also wrote, “There is a county leash law which you should abide by so that I do not have to kill any more of your pets.” But the message wasn’t the worst part. The neighbor had the gall to include Nymeria’s collar. Chad immediately felt sick. Why in the world would someone shoot and kill his dog?
It’s one thing to kill an animal because it’s being aggressive but his pet was simply digging in the garbage.
Sadly, the neighbor was right about one thing — there was a leash law. That meant when Chad talked to the sheriff’s department, there wasn’t anything they could do to help. So, he took the story to his Facebook page to call out the monster who killed Nymeria. He referred to the neighbor as, “the coward who shot my girl.”
All he wants is Nymeria’s body back
Chad had no choice but to accept that life with his beloved pet was over. But he wanted her body so he could bury her with dignity. He watched for buzzards flying overhead, posted all over social media, and searched for weeks. As of yet, he’s not been provided any information from the neighbor so he has no idea where her remains are.
As expected, people on Facebook were both sad and angered that his dog was killed for something so insignificant. The problem is that Chad doesn’t know which neighbor left the note. His final message to the killer, “I pray one day you come to realize what you have done and teach those in your household to be better.”
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