On the morning of Febuary 10th, 2014, in Hohenwald Tennessee, Wendell Kelley, an off-duty postal worker, shot a Labrador Retriever named Bryan, in front of 13-year-old Peggy Galloway, a member of Bryan’s family. Here is the full story:
Janice Galloway, Peggy’s mother had taken her husband to work that morning, leaving Peggy in bed because she had not feeling well. Janice had just dropped her husband off at work when she received a phone call from a neighbor that had witnessed the shooting, telling her that Bryan was dead, and Peggy was distraught.
Peggy had heard the first gun shot, and ran out of the house only to find it was Bryan that Kelley was shooting. Peggy yelled at Kelly to stop shooting her dog, but Kelly fired more rounds striking Bryan a total of three times which killed him.
“I was coming out the door, when I heard the first shot I was half way up the driveway when I heard the second shot,” Peggy stated in an interview with New 2. “I got to the top of the road and he shot again. I was running to him and he shot again and I screamed, ‘Please don’t shoot my dog!’ and he wouldn’t listen and then he walked by me and said he would shoot the rest of them.”
In an interview with News 2, Kelley stated he was working in his driveway when the dog approached him, he then tapped the dog in the face to get it to move along, and when Bryan refused to leave, he went inside his home and grabbed his semi-automatic rifle. Kelley then walked back outside to check the mail when Bryan approached him again and that is when he opened fire.
“I’m tore up. This is like one of my kids. It’s been hard,” Janice stated. “He tried to say Bryan attacked him. My dog has never attacked anyone.”
An online petition has over 50,000 signatures calling for prosecution.
Pet Radio has learned that Janice Galloway and her husband are known backyard breeders, and have at least two registered complaints from buyers of the poor condition of the dogs due to worms and parasites. We have also learned that Bryan was an AKC registered stud dog.
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