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Men Who Killed Veteran’s Dog Sentenced to Two Years

Men Who Killed Veteran’s Dog Sentenced to Two Years

Afghanistan – Operation Redwing was a 2005 SEAL operation in which all members of the team, save one, died. That one, Marcus Luttrell, was severely wounded but managed to reach safety. He wrote about his horrific journey in a New York Times bestseller, “Lone Survivor.”

That should have been enough terror, enough loss for any one man.  His physical wounds healed with many surgeries and time, and to help him heal the psychic wounds of the loss of his friends, he was given a puppy.  A loving and happy labrador – DASY – her name stood for the first initials of four of his comrades.  She did what all good dogs do — she captured his heart, gave him unconditional love and was his best companion.

According to newspaper reports, gunfire woke him one night  and he fell back into the training that kept him alive before. He checked on his mother asleep in the house next door, then ran out the door.  He found DASY dead — she had tried to crawl away.  She had been shot and, as was later learned, kicked while she lay there by one of the two who were finally sentenced yesterday.

It came out in the trial that they thought it was funny, to get out of their car and beat and kick and shoot a dog to death.  DASY wasn’t the first dog they had killed, but Marcus Luttrell made sure she was the last.  He chased their car while calling 911.  The Texas Rangers caught and arrested the two.

The death of any companion animal in such a callous manner is horrible. Knowing what this dog meant to Marcus Luttrell and knowing what these dogs mean to the veterans that depend on them makes it even worse.  I have talked to veterans who have told me that their dog is the one who makes it possible for them to sleep, that they feel safe enough finally to sleep more than a few hours a night.

My husband told me about Lucy, the stress dog who was a great comfort to those at small FOBs and larger camps, where she accompanied doctors and psychologists who were counseling stressed service members.   Lucy was a lab, who wagged her way through camp, patiently allowing everyone to give her a scratch, a rub, a cookie.  Lucy would sit with a soldier, do what all dogs do – lean against a knee and wag, and listen. Listening with love and acceptance, the way dogs listen.

Michael Edmonds pled guilty to, and Alfonso Hernandez was found guilty of cruelty to a non-livestock animal.  Their sentence will only be 2 years, and a $10,000 fine.  Is this enough for taking the life of such a loving companion?  Remembering my own dogs, who lived long and happy lives, I cannot say it is.  I think I would want more.


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Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons, Herwig Kavallar(This is not a photo of DASY)

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10:25AM PDT on Oct 21, 2014

Lets see how this works out. Got 24 months. Broken down she can and most likely will
get 14 months off for time served plus good time. No priors will reduce the time by about two months. So here it is, she does 8 months but lets don't forget that nice little free card called over crowding. If circumstances are correct and the timing is right he just might be checking out while your reading this . Seems like animals just can't get a break.

4:36AM PDT on Oct 21, 2014

Two years was not enough for these evil sub-humans.

9:03PM PDT on Oct 18, 2014

Should be

4:47AM PDT on Oct 18, 2014

While the abuser takes his lesson, others do the same

2:50AM PDT on Oct 16, 2014

Two years aren't nearly enough for their crime.

2:09PM PDT on Oct 15, 2014

Only 2 years,very sad

7:05AM PDT on Oct 14, 2014

Hope they spent part of their jail time with "Mongo", who is awfully big, doesn't know his own strength, and doesn't like people who hurt furry animals...

7:03AM PDT on Oct 14, 2014

Truly glad to hear they received at least some kind of sentencing... but, of course, if it hadn't been a war hero's dog, would the courts have cared?

And, on a related note, am hoping Luttrell learns that killing any creature because you gain pleasure from the act is the sign of a disturbed mind... i.e., maybe this will give him pause to reconsider his own extensive and well-documented hunting activities (of pretty much anything he can find that isn't a dog).

Always amazed at the hypocrisy of how one can revere and protect one animal, while gleefully killing a whole variety of other ones...

10:15PM PDT on Oct 13, 2014

Humans are the animals Devil

7:37AM PDT on Oct 13, 2014

Such a sad story. The 2 years these individuals received as punishment was not enough. The article was written in 2011. By now these 2 people are now walking the streets again. Scary to think that these monsters are out and have the capability of doing this again.

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