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Family Dogs Killed By Hunters – Justice Denied
Iowa C.A.S.H. member, Merle Wilson, sent this letter to the editor of his
local paper a month ago:
Several years ago, my son got a yellow Labrador from some friends who
were having to move and couldn’t take him with them. My son took him home to
his three small boys who named him “Highway”. Highway quickly learned what
time the school bus came, and every afternoon he would sit at the end of the
drive and wait for the bus. Highway no longer sits waiting for the boys
because he’s gone. Our family member has become a victim of a pack of
vandals who call themselves “coyote hunters”.
My son was able to follow his tracks in the snow to where he was lured
into a vehicle. We were told he was taken to a more remote area and shot and
killed because the thugs couldn’t find anything else to kill that day.
Indiscriminate killers like these people can roam anywhere in the state and
break all the laws they want to without fear of prosecution. The DNR has
allowed their law enforcement personnel for the entire state to fall to
about 40 officers.
I didn’t send the letter because as Highway’s body had not been found, I
was hoping he was still alive somewhere. Then a farmer I had talked to when
I was looking for the dog called and said he found him in his field 4 miles
from my son’s house. His killers had let him out of the pickup and let him
run into the field, and then killed him.
Please publish the letter in the C.A.S.H. Courier to help focus attention
on how sick these people are. These are the kinds of people that fund the IA
DNR, so the DNR refuses to do anything to stop them: Although I knew the
hunter, the local DNR officer refused to even take a report about the
Then the Buchanan and Blackhawk County sheriffs refused to do anything about
the hunter. I guess there is no justice in Iowa for these three little boys
and their dog. This tells me that hunters can kill whatever they want to
without any fear of law enforcement. What are honest, law-abiding people
supposed to do to protect themselves? In Iowa, if you confront these
hunters, the DNR or the sheriff will arrest you!
I ask that you send a letter to the DesMoines Register., P.O. Box 957,
DesMoines, IA 50313. I also ask that you reprint the poem “Rainbow Bridge,”
sent to me by the Waverly, IA Pet Rescue.
Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.
When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone
here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge.
There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so
they can run and play together.
There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends
are warm and comfortable.
All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to
health and vigor; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole
and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days
and times gone by.
The animals are happy and content, except for one small
thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to
be left behind.
They all run and play together, but the day comes when one
suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are
intent; His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from
the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him
faster and faster.
You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend
finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be
parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands
again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the
trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never
absent from your heart.
Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together….
Poem by Paul C. Dahm
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