Two Dogs Shot Dead Finally Received Justice, Owners Charged With Animal Neglect

By Maureen Bongat, Parent Herald March 01, 05:41 am
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Two dogs, one male and one female, were discovered dead with gunshot wounds Jan. 27 near an abandoned home along a northwest Cherokee County road. As to the Marshal's Office, the dogs were found both lying on the ground faced with each other. Now, after a month, the dogs had received their justice as the authorities charged their owners in connection to the case.

Brenda Louise Gravely and Sarah Kerstetter were both charged with "two counts of unrestrained animal, animal neglect/inadequate vet care and no proof of rabies vaccination," as reported by Patch. "The investigation revealed the dogs both suffered from neglect before they were shot and killed and not cared for in a manner that was humane and proper," according to the agency.

As to the person who was responsible for the dogs' death, the Marshal's Office has yet to have details of the killer. The authorities are still waiting for necropsy results and ballistic reports which can bring out a clearer picture regarding the details of the crime. As posted by CBS 46, it is also unclear whether or not the owners, Kerstetter and Gravely, have connection regarding their dogs' death.

As to the investigation, the dogs have not just felt being unloved and neglected but also experienced pain and trauma before they were shot dead. "There were obvious signs of trauma to both dogs and (a) subsequent examination of the dogs by an area vet revealed the dogs had both been shot," authorities said.

The male dog, with age between three and five, suffered terribly. He had a brace strapped to its front leg with a duct tape, wound on its left eye and a portion of its intestines ripped out.

The case is still open and the authorities are still searching for more people who can help solve the crime. Anyone who has information about the case is asked to contact Cherokee Marshal's Office at 678-493-6210.

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