Hunter Kills Family Dog, Legal Action Difficult

Cattle farmer Cleavy Johnson lives on 460 acres of land in south Montgomery County with his family and his dogs.

When one of his pets went missing, Johnson started searching.

"Couldn't find the dog anywhere," he explained.

His 6 month old Australian shepherd--named Diesel--was shot dead by a hunter last Saturday.

A week later the Johnsons are still in shock.

"This wasn't a stray dog.  He was 57 steps from the stand to where he shot this dog. [The hunter] knew what he shot," Johnson said.

It will be hard, however, for the family to take any legal action.  Since Diesel was gunned down outside Johnson's property, it's difficult for humane deputies to bring a case against the hunter who shot him.

"There is a 'confinement resolution' that the County Commission has signed that says, 'you'll keep your pet on your property or within the acreage that you have,'" explained Steven Tears, director of the Montgomery Humane Society.

That's of little consolation to the dog's 10 year-old owner, Tucker Johnson.  He searched for days to find his pet, only to discover the truth--just a day after Christmas.

"It was just heartbreaking," he said.

At this time, no charges have been filed against the hunter.

Reporter:  Cody Holyoke