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Hunter accidentally shoots family pet

November 4, 2011

By Penny Eims, Dog News  Examiner

Orrington, Maine - An overzealous hunter and a case of mistaken identity led to the death of one family's German shepherd.

The victim in this shooting was a 2 yr-old German shepherd named Maggie.

The thrill of the chase for a squirrel proved too tempting for the dog who had been let out for a potty break.

Maggie, along with two other dogs, gave chase for the squirrel on Monday.

The other two dogs came back, but Maggie seemed to vanish into thin air.

Maggie's distraught family posted fliers and networked via Facebook for their missing dog.

It was through those postings that a farmer and his wife came to know that the body of the dog discovered while walking through a wooded area, was the one being sought by the grieving family.

It turns out that 53 yr-old Seth White shot Maggie on Wednesday - mistakenly believing that she was a coyote.

According to the Bangor Daily News, other hunters heard gunshots in the area where Maggie's body was found. Their information led game wardens to White, who had been hunting on a landowner's property with permission.

White has been charged with killing a domestic animal.

Maggie's family is mourning the loss of their beloved companion, but has been comforted by the outpouring of love from the community.

Rest in Peace Maggie. Sincere condolences to her grieving family.

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