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Farm justice: Was wrong dog executed?

nubisA New York dog may have been executed for a crime he didn’t commit.

Suspected in the death of six alpacas at a neighboring farm in Forestburgh, Nubis, a Belgian malinois, was shot by an employee at the farm — five days after the alpacas were found dead.

Now, a report issued by an animal control officer says there’s no evidence connecting Nubis to the alpaca attack.

The dog belonged to Ben Wechsler, neighbor of Stuart Salenger, who owns the farm. The two men have a history of not getting along, according to the Times Herald-Record.

Animal Control Officer Arnold Burger said the likely culprits in the slaying of Salenger’s animals were coyotes, not dogs, and that photographs provided by Salenger are insufficient evidence to confirm the dog was shot in the alpaca pen. The photos show the dog’s body in two locations, he said. Salenger said his farm workers removed the dog from the pen because the body was bothering his animals.

(Photo courtesy of Peter K. Bertine, Jr.)

Comments

Comment from Karen
Time January 11, 2010 at 12:17 pm

Photos from two locations – if the photos were digital, the EXIF data can be checked. It will show the date and time those photos were taken.

Comment from Pete Bertine
Time January 11, 2010 at 3:13 pm

I rescued the dog, Nubis, that was killed. He came from a puppy mill out west. Nubis was raised on a farm with goats, horses and cattle. He wouldn’t have harmed a fly.

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