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Homeless woman’s dog shot to death in park

First she lost her job, then she lost the home she shared with her son — a temporary motel room.

Last Thursday, Tina Lambert lost her dog, too, when, while staying in a park, a stranger shot and killed her Rottweiler mix after the dog growled at him.

Lambert has been staying in Memorial Park in Sumter, S.C., with her son and two dogs, WLTX reported.

They were gathered by a bench Thursday when a man walked up, leading her dog, Ayakashi, to growl. The man fired one shot, killing the dog. Lambert said her dog was on a leash.

“There was my dog, she had a hole in her chest this big” said Lambert. “He blew a hole in her, she was gone. She took a couple breaths and that was all there was to it.”

Lambert says the man made a remark, laughed and ran to is car.

He later went to the Sumter Police Department to file a report saying he acted in self defense. The man, who police haven’t identified publicly, told officers the dog was unleashed.

Residents living near the park say Lambert’s dogs are friendly, and always on their leashes.

Sumter Police say because of the man’s concealed carry permit, and his claim that the dog was unleashed, no charges will be filed.

Lambert said she plans to dispute that decision.

Comments

Comment from jennifer ferguson
Time July 29, 2014 at 7:56 am

seriously! This person needs prosecution. The dog not being leashed doesn’t give anyone a right to shoot it!! This is an action of a gun happy person and no action means just shooting anything on a whim is alright. The woman is right if he felt he wasn’t doing anything wrong he wouldn’t have fled and any dog will growl at an approaching stranger, especially when the stranger is up to no good, as this one was . I’m sick o gun toting asses getting away with shooting whatever they please. Who will be this fools next victim?

Comment from vida
Time August 1, 2014 at 5:19 pm

Jennifer Fergusan said what I wanted to say, and probably said it in a lot nicer language than I am capable of. This poor woman, I wish her healing.

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