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A disturbing, outrageous act has hurt a family and caused outrage among dog lovers.
Kenneth Woodburn allegedly shot his neighbor's dog, Tank, and posed with the dog's body on Facebook. The Facebook post caught the attention of animal lovers and it went viral. The St. Mary's County Sheriff's Department in Maryland was contacted and is investigating the incident.
Single mom Richele Ince and her four-year-old daughter are grieving the loss of their one-year-old dog, Tank.
The Baynet reported that Richele said she received a call at work from a relative saying that Tank had been let outside and did not return. Concerned he had left the property, she purchased a runner for Tank and when she got home she learned from her day-care provider that Tank had been shot.
Tank, a Pit Bull/Lab Mix, was a birthday gift for Richele's daughter. Richele told Baynet that the puppy was very playful and did not have a mean bone in his body. Tank had become a mascot at the day-care center next door to Woodburn's home and was well-loved by the children there.
Richele believed Tank was walking to the day-care center when he crossed into Woodburn's yard. However, she said that she was told by a resident that Woodburn had actually lured Tank ont the property with treats before shooting him.
However, there are no witnesses to Tank's shooting.
Woodburn posted the picture of himself with Hank's body posing with him like he was a hunt trophy. He posted that if the Pit Bull came into his yard "Hey going to dye today". He later alleged that Tank "charged him".
However, Richele said that Tank was shot in the back, which indicates Tank was going away from Woodburn when he was shot. Woodburn also had an older dog and there appears to not have been any altercation with his dog, reported the Baynet.
Screenshot from Facebook
Other photos taken of Tank after the shooting appear to show that Tank was facing away from the home (and towards the daycare) when he was shot.
In the photo above, Tank is facing towards the daycare, which is just past the hedges, according to a local resident who commented on the photo on Facebook. The photo below shows Tank facing away from a home, which may be Woodburn's. These photos were allegedly taken by Woodburn and posted to Facebook before he deactivated his Facebook account, according to the Americans Against The Tea Party website.
Tank was buried by his family at the day care where he was loved so much. According to the Baynet, the children at the day care were so distraught over Tank's death that one of the children lay on Tank's grave in the rain.
Both the Sheriff's Office and Animal Control are conducting an investigation and said they will have the results soon. Animal cruelty is a felony charge in Maryland. Woodburn has several past run-ins with the law including drug violations, DUI and weapons violations.
A petition has been created by a relative of Richele's asking that Woodburn be charged for killing Tank.
The latest update from Southern Maryland Lost and Found Pets says that Woodburn will be charged with animal cruelty.
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