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Veteran dog accidentally euthanized

Posted: Monday, November 7, 2011 5:00 am | Updated: 7:32 am, Mon Nov 7, 2011.

Bonnie Tormohlen's dog Gino served an honorable career as an explosives detection dog in the Middle East. The way his life ended was anything but honorable.

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  • devilishkatlyn posted at 1:45 pm on Fri, Nov 4, 2011.

    devilishkatlyn Posts: 173

    The city should be ashamed of their actions in this matter. I hope to god that if my dog is ever lost I find her before the city does.

  • devilishkatlyn posted at 2:14 pm on Fri, Nov 4, 2011.

    devilishkatlyn Posts: 173

    I just saw something on Facebook that I wanted to share... Hopefully Bonnie hears about this... A very exciting decision from the Texas Court of Appeals ruling that a family whose animal was wrongly killed by animal control can recover damages for emotional or sentimental value. While more states are moving in this direction and overturning case law that used to limit value damages to "market value," this is the first case that I know of that involves the shelter killing of an animal. Usually, these cases involve veterinary malpractice or disgruntled neighbors.

  • funnyboy posted at 6:59 pm on Sat, Nov 5, 2011.

    funnyboy Posts: 113

    Relax, he had a good life and is now in doggie heaven. Dogs are not human!

  • wes alderson posted at 10:44 pm on Sat, Nov 5, 2011.

    wes alderson Posts: 9245

    Funny Boy, I detest your comment to "Relax, Dog's are not human."

    Matter of fact, they are frequently better than human beings. Here was a dog who nobly risked his life sniffing out bombs that would have killed his master and many other soldiers. We OWED him. Big time.

    And because of our human srew-ups, he lost his life for NOTHING!.

    It will do no good for the grieving family to be repaid in mere "money" for the death of his wonderful animal. It is the animal himself who needs to be reimbursed for the loss of his life. And that can never be done.

    Curse the people who are responsible for this tragedy.

    All of us MUST do a better job for each other and the animals to whom God has entrusted us to take care of..

  • wzllvr posted at 12:35 am on Mon, Nov 7, 2011.

    wzllvr Posts: 36

    It is sad that anytime an article about the death of animals is posted, there will always be at least one ignorant donkey backside that will post the obvious, that animals aren't human. No kidding Captain Obvious, that's why they're called animals. So funny "boy", go take your Ritalin and try to focus on the topic.

    Gino was not just my husband's "doggie". He was his partner, constantly, for several years in a foreign country. He did his job relentlessly in adverse conditions and asked for nothing in return but for someone to throw his ball and feed him. He didn't deserve to die the way he did.

    We do not want to see something like this happen to another pet owner in Navajo County, and we intend to do whatever is in our power to make sure that animal control officers, both city and county, start following their own policies and procedures competently.

    Any person who pays taxes in this county should be listening up here...this isn't just about a veteran dog being killed senselessly, this about public servants who do not follow their own policies, however inadequate they may be. It is about excuses such as "scanner malfunctions", disappearing dispatch records, and dishonesty.

    To date, Navajo County has not complied with a lawful public records act request for the information relating to Gino's death. You should be asking yourself, as a taxpayer in this community, what else are they hiding?


  • viking posted at 8:14 am on Mon, Nov 7, 2011.

    viking Posts: 13

    Way to go wzllvr
    git er done

  • wes alderson posted at 11:59 am on Mon, Nov 7, 2011.

    wes alderson Posts: 9245

    Dear BC,

    Thank you for having the courage of your convictions and the strength of knowing you are in the right, to the point where you signed your actual name to you response.

    One way I test my own logic and compassion when I learn of the death of our fine animal, and people say, "He was just a dog (cat, horse, etc) is to substitute in my own mind, a ten year old child as the subject. Then I rephrase it like this:

    "So now he's in kiddy heaven. Relax, he was only a child,"

    And the "cringe factor" gives me the perspective to realize that pets are just as much a member of the family as a child, a wife, a husband, a father.

    So, wzlver, thank you for your compassion and love of animals.

    Wes Alderson.


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