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Family Angry After Dog Shot and Killed

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HARBESON, Del.- A family is angry and devastated after their dog was shot and killed by a nearby farmer in Sussex County.

Sela, a 9-month-old husky, was lost after she ran away from the Lewis family's home in the Harbeson area. Posters went up all over the area, but soon the family found out their dog had been shot dead approximately 150 yards from their house. 

"We fired a shot over its head to get it to run away but it refused and, kept coming back. "We fired two more on the ground, still kept coming back, and we finally were forced to shoot the dog, regrettably," said Terri Martin, the owner of M&D Bird Farm.

Martin told her store manager to kill the dog, after she said it was bothering her livestock. She said the dog came to the farm a few times before and they did not know it was a pet. 

"It had no collar, it looked like a wolf to me at night, it was very thin, skinny," Martin said. "We found one duck dead half-eaten, we know something is killing our live stock and I have every right to protect my property." 

However, the Lewis family sees it differently.  "When I found out she got shot, I just totally started crying," said Trisa and Duke Lewis' son, Warren.

Lewis said her family is stunned. "This woman owns a pet store that is micro-chipped and claims to love animals and can maliciously kill a 40-pound puppy that looked at her and was shot and killed."

It is legal in Delaware to shoot an animal that is posing a threat to livestock, but Lewis said no one should have to go through what they are feeling right now.

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