No charges in owner’s shooting of dog

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Louie, a pit bull terrier mix found with three gunshot wounds June 5 near the intersection of Mission Ridge Road and Beehive Road outside Wenatchee. (Wenatchee Valley Humane Society)

WENATCHEE — The Chelan County man who tried to euthanize his own dog and failed will not face charges for animal abuse, and the Wenatchee Valley Humane Society says that’s a mistake.

The pit bull terrier mix named Louie was found June 5 suffering three gunshot wounds, along Mission Ridge and Beehive Roads outside Wenatchee. The dog’s owner, a Chelan County jail employee, admitted trying to fatally shoot the dog, saying it had become a nuisance animal.

The Okanogan County Prosecutor’s Office looked into the case, and found no cause to bring criminal charges. In a statement Wednesday, Humane Society executive director wrote, “This conclusion sends a very dangerous message.”

The Humane Society cared for Louie for months, at a cost of nearly $5,000 in veterinary treatment, and has now placed him in a foster home. The agency offers animal placement services, as well as euthanasia when an animal is untreatably aggressive or ill.

Davies says Louie’s pain and suffering “could have been avoided if the owner had simply reached out to Wenatchee Valley Humane Society and asked for help.”