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Man finds note in mailbox saying missing dog was killed

Chad Stricker says he found this note in his mailbox after his dog, Nymeria, went missing. (Photo: Chad Stricker/Facebook)
Chad Stricker says he found this note in his mailbox after his dog, Nymeria, went missing. (Photo: Chad Stricker/Facebook) (Courtesy of Chad Stricker/Facebook)

OZONA, Miss. (AP) – A Mississippi man searching for his missing dog was left an anonymous note that said his dog had been killed and that he should abide by the county leash law.

“I’m sorry to inform you that your dog was shot and killed Saturday night while digging through my garbage,” the anonymous note said, according to The Sun Herald. “It did not suffer and I did not take pleasure in killing It. There is a county leash law which you should abide by so that I do not have to kill any more of your pets.”

Chad Stricker had already spent several days searching for his 10-month-old wolfdog named Nymeria when he found the note and Nymeria’s collar in his mailbox this month. Her large yellow collar featured an over-sized tag that included her photo, owner’s address and number and a description of her personality.

“I was sick to my stomach,” Stricker said. “To think that someone killed her while we had been out looking for her, for digging in the garbage … An animal is not worth more than your trash or the time to make a phone call?”

***RIP Nymeria, you were worth more than garbage to me baby girl**** Update: 12-12-19 10pm First off, thanks to all...

Posted by Chad Stricker on Thursday, December 12, 2019

But such a shooting isn’t uncommon, said Elizabeth Treadaway, the shelter manager Pearl River County SPCA.

“Unfortunately we see that a lot,” Treadaway said. “This dog lost its life over an invisible line it can’t see. As soon as an animal goes onto someone else’s property, that leash law goes into effect. But just because it’s law, doesn’t make it right what this person did.”