A 14-year-old family dog heartlessly shot and killed
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Willoughby, OH: On the morning of November 22nd, Dave Davison endured a guardian’s worst nightmare. He found his almost-14-year-old black Labrador, Thai, shot 3 times and killed on the 50-acre property he was renting. Source.
Thai had been his family member and best friend her entire life. An elderly, docile and sweet girl, there was no reason for her to be gunned down. But she was, and Davison and his family are suffering untold heartbreak.
Thai had been let out onto the property by a family friend to use the bathroom the afternoon before. When she didn’t return for supper a couple of hours later, the family got concerned. They searched and called for her, but in the dark on the wooded, remote property they had to finally give up the search.
The next morning, Mr. Davison found her body on the property. As he tried to pet his beloved fallen girl, his hands came up covered in blood and he discovered 3 bullet holes in her body. There were 3 bullets from a Ruger 22-caliber found at the scene.
Brent S. Parker, a 26-year-old neighbor was arrested on November 30th in connection with the crime. He appeared in court and has pled not guilty to the charges of killing or injuring a domestic animal (a first-degree misdemeanor with penalties of up to 6 months in jail and/or $1000 fine).
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He pled guilty to pointing and discharging a firearm (a fourth-degree misdemeanor with a maximum penalty of up to 30 days in jail and/or a $250 fine). Parker was released after posting $3500 bond and is due for a pretrial hearing on December 28th.
Mr. Davison’s anger is also because in addition to the fact that beloved Thai was heartlessly killed, Parker’s discharge of a firearm a total of 5 times onto the property could have harmed his 2-year-old daughter and/or his pregnant wife, Nicole.
A petition has been started by the compassionate animal advocacy organization, Hands4Paws, directed at the Municipal Judge in Willoughby County for this case. It asks that Parker receive the maximum penalties under the law for the murder of his beloved friend. Davison would like to see Parker’s permit to carry a concealed weapon also revoked. (This is a Change.org, which normally allows anyone from any country to sign.)
While Davison knows none of this will bring his precious Thai back, he needs to know that she’s gotten justice for being heartlessly gunned down for no apparent reason. Davison and Thai even shared the same birthday on December 27th. It will be a bittersweet day for Davison without his 14-year-old girl, Thai.
Please consider adding your voice for this cause. Unless and until perpetrators of these crimes are shown that the legal system will not tolerate these heartless acts, they will continue undeterred.
Rest in peace Thai. Know that your life mattered even to those who never met you. You won’t be forgotten and you will live forever in the hearts of your family.
thai was killed by
a trigger happy
machoed out loon
who when he meets
the big guys in
the big house
his wicked tune!!!
Karen Lyons Kalmenson