Thursday, June 25, 2009
June 25, 9:51 AM
A father and his son, Travis L. and Terrance L. Hedin, were charged with first-degree animal cruelty after tying their dog to a tree and shooting it, leaving it for dead.
The dog, a Rottweiler named Maynard, had bitten Travis' wife several times within two months. Father and son drove the dog to a wooded area in North Bend (WA) and tied Maynard to a tree near a steep embankment. The indictment states that the father told the son to "start shooting and don't stop until the dog is dead." Maynard fell down the embankment after the first few shots but neither man bothered to ensure that their dog was dead. Maynard was later found by hikers who called Animal Care and Control. Maynard was struck by three bullets and paralyzed. As a result, he had to be euthanized.
Pasado's Safe Haven offered a $10,000 reward for information leading to an arrest. Allegedly, one of the two men turned himself in an effort to collect the reward.
The pair was charged with animal cruelty, not for shooting Maynard, but rather for failing to ensure that the dog was dead. "If you try to take matters into your own hands, you have a responsibility to do it right and in such a manner that does not cause undue suffering," said King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg. The men were charged with first-degree animal cruelty, a Class C felony punishable by up to one year in jail and a $10,000 fine. Both men are free pending their arraignment on July 7.
Pasado's confirmed that neither rocket scientists are eligible for the reward.