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Why was my dog killed?
2:01pm Saturday 7th September 2013 in News
“WHY was my beloved dog killed?”
That is the question being asked by a distraught animal lover after his whippet was shot dead just yards from his home.
John Kirby found his pet dead on the other side of the hedge at the bottom of his garden, which borders the Meon Valley Marriott Hotel golf course.
He heard a “muffled crack”
before the heart-breaking sound of four-year-old Wilma yelping with pain.
Police have launched an investigation and although they have spoken to a man in connection with the incident, there have been no arrests.
Last night a spokesman from the hotel confirmed an “incident involving a pest controller and a local pet dog” had been reported to police and that he was “deeply sorry for the distress this unprecedented incident has caused the dog’s owners”.
Pest control has now been suspended at all of Marriott’s UK hotels while the investigation takes place.
But Mr Kirby, 45, is still desperate to find out who killed Wilma – and why.
The builder said he let Wilma and his other dog Buffy out at night and they ran through bushes on to the neighbouring golf course.
He was whistling to beckon them back in when he heard a shot and instantly feared the worst.
He said: “I heard a muffled crack and I knew instantly what it was. I shouted out ‘Wilma, Wilma’ but only Buffy came back. All I could hear was about six yelps.”
Mr Kirby, who lives alone in St A n n e s L a n e , Shedfield, eventually found Wilma with a gunshot wound and covered in blood.
“I was just devastated,”
“It was awful to be honest – how could you shoot a dog?
“I want to speak to the person who did it and just ask ‘why?’ “How could you mistake it for anything else?
“She was just a whippet and a really nice dog who was like a member of the family.”
Police were called in following the incident, which happened at around 9.15pm on Tuesday.
A spokesman said yesterday: “I can confirm that we are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a dog within the grounds of the Marriott Hotel at Shedfield.
“A man has been spoken to in connection with the incident but no arrests have been made.”
A spokesman from the hotel said last night: “Meon Valley, a Marriott Hotel & Country Club, is sad to confirm that an incident involving a pest controller and a local pet dog was reported to the police during the night of Tuesday, September 3.
“A full police investigation is under way and we have suspended all pest control at our UK hotels until this is complete.
“We are deeply sorry for the distress this u n p r e c e - dented incident has caused the dog’s owners and we will do all we can to assist the police investigations.”
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