STAPLES -- The Wadena County Sheriff's Office, consulting with the Humane Society, is investigating a Facebook video of a dog being shot near Staples.
On Sunday, Feb. 17, at 11:07 a.m., the Wadena County Sheriff's Office received a report of an individual finding a dead dog at McGivern Park campground north of Staples in Wadena County. The caller stated there were several shell casings around the dog. A deputy with the sheriff's office arrived on scene and located the dog on the river. The dog had a collar and leash attached, but no tags. The dog was removed from the river. At the time of the call, it was unknown who the dog owners were.
The sheriff's office started getting more calls Tuesday, Feb. 19, at approximately 2 p.m., related to a video posted on Facebook that showed an individual shooting a dog. The dog was wearing a collar, connected to a leash and laying down in the snow. In the video, it shows an individual shooting the dog one time and then another person kicking snow on the dog. The dog appeared motionless before and after the gunshot. There were names attached to the Facebook post and follow up was conducted with said individuals.
This case is under investigation and the Wadena County Sheriff's Office is consulting with the Animal Humane Society in Golden Valley on this case.