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Here are some of my thoughts.
How can you not know that shooting dogs is illegal? If you don't know the laws about hunting then step away from the gun.
I might not be the most observant person but as a parent myself why didn't the parent notice? When I was sixteen my parents didn't want me driving out of town much and I'm pretty sure if I would have had a pickup with dead dogs in it they would have said something. I'm truelly wondering if no offense to anyone but if the boy was all there in the head because it just seems common sense to me.
My question is, is it actually illegal to shoot dogs where you live? In many rural areas it's legal to shoot dogs who wander on to your property (especially if you keep livestock), although I highly doubt this kid was waiting for dogs to wander onto his home property. The kid definitely needs something, whether it's therapy or a trip behind the woodshed.
But in answer to your question I don't know. But this kid didn't live down here he lives 30 miles away from us. Even if it wasn't my dogs I hope that he gets therapy.
The kid in your case sounds a bit, well, off.
I'm currently living in a rural, ranching community where in-city-limits loose dogs may get taken to the pound, but outside-city-limits loose dogs are considered dangerous to livestock and ineligible for pound space - it's unfortunate, but a lot of dogs that get lost or dropped in the country where they'll "find a good home" end up shot as livestock chasers/killers, even when they're not guilty. People just don't want to take the chance. And as ArmyAngel1986 says, it's not illegal. Unfortunate and sad, but not illegal.
Growing up we lived 1/4 mile off a back road in a very, very rural area, and our dogs were never tied. Our fences were horse-proof, but not dog-proof.
Now... I think we were extremely lucky not to have one run over or shot. Fences, runs or ropes may not seem kind, but it's more likely your pets are going to survive longer.
#2 ArmyAngel: Love the quote - thanks for sharing!
Please press charges and get some help for this kid. Sadly, I see a lack of empathy here and anti-social behavor--not good.
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