Disabled Veteran's Service Dog Shot by Burglar: Now Who's the Animal?

cuffsThere are some stories that make you so angry, you want to put your big girl pants on and march straight out of your house to knock some sense into the moron making trouble. And so it is with the idiot who broke into the house of retired U.S. Army Sergeant Kinga Kiss-Johnson, a disabled veteran, and shot her service dog. Are you getting this?

It's like the trifecta of awful. First to burglarize the home of someone who served our country with honor. Second to go after someone who is disabled because of injuries sustained while serving overseas in a time of war. And last but certainly not least, to shoot a poor animal.

Say it with me now.


This sucker needs to PAY.

There is some good news here. Kiss-Johnson, who had left her Augusta, Georgia home to buy dog Balto some food, is OK. And her black Labrador retriever has been released from the vet hospital after treatment from the gunshot blast that left him lying on the couch, helpless.

But there's no real way to tell if he'll survive. And if he does, Balto won't be doing his duty for a long time, which is helping Kiss-Johnson. She suffered brain and spinal injuries in Afghanistan and is one of countless veterans with mobility issues who depends on a dog for support. Shooting her dog wasn't just a tragedy for her and for Balto, it was a strike at a major resource provided for our country's military.

The dogs are largely trained by non-profits, in a process that takes well over a year and would cost these brave men and women retired from our military in the tens of thousands of dollars if they had to put the money out themselves. Groups like Patriot PAWS estimate it can take up to $30,000 for one dog, between care for the pooch and the training process. But what they give to a disabled veteran is priceless.

And some heartless buffoon just took a gun and shot one of these fine animals. Because he (or she) could. Says a lot about that person, doesn't it?

What do you think should be done to the burglar after they're caught?


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