Police investigate after Sheridan family’s dog found dead

By Kelli Ameling • Last Updated 10:38 am on Thursday, December 22, 2011

Murray was welcomed into the Border family as a Christmas present. Two weeks after having Murray in their home, the family believes a neighbor shot and killed the dog. — Courtesy photo

SHERIDAN — The Border family welcomed a new addition to the family, Murray, a two-pound miniature Pomeranian, as an early Christmas present for their 16-year-old daughter Amy.

Two weeks later, the family is blaming a neighbor for their heartbreak after finding Murray shot and killed on his property.

According to Kellie Border, when she came home on her break from work on Dec.  16, Amy Border had just let Murray outside.

After about 10 minutes they went to let Murray back inside, but Murray did not come to their calls.

Kellie Border said she went outside and found Murray had been killed in a neighbor’s yard with an entry and exit wound of a gunshot.

“You could clearly see (Murray) had been shot,” Kellie Border said.

She brought Murray back into her yard and tried to shield her daughter from seeing what happened.

The Michigan State Police (MSP) Lakeview Post responded to the scene and was assisted by the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Department.

“It’s still under investigation,” said MSP Sgt. Joe Cairnduff.

Cairnduff said all he could say is they are investigating a dog that was possibly shot.

According to Montcalm County Prosecutor Andrea Krause, laws for shooting a domestic pet vary from case to case.

If a shooting is not justified, a person could be charged with the killing of an animal, which is a felony offense punishable up to four years in prison. The law states a fine of up to $5,000 can also be given.

Kellie Border said because of what happened with Murray, she is afraid her family’s safety is in danger.

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