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NJ family mourns dog killed by cross-bow hunter

Discussion in 'Other Dogs in the News' started by Michele, Sep 24, 2017.

  1. Michele

    Michele Chi Super Dog Staff Member Super Moderator

    N.J. family mourns dog killed by crossbow-toting hunter who mistook pet for coyote

    Tonka, an Alaskan Shepherd owned by Elizabeth Mongno of Readington Township, New Jersey was killed by a hunter in the woods next to her house when the hunter mistook the dog for a coyote.
    BY Megan Cerullo Rich Schapiro

    Updated: Saturday, September 23, 2017, 10:50 PM

    A New Jersey family was howling with grief after their dog was shot to death by a crossbow-toting hunter who mistook the pet for a coyote.

    Elizabeth Mongno said she was walking her 1-year-old Alaskan Shepherd Tonka when the dog chased a deer into the woods behind her house in Readington Township, NJ.com reported.

    She later heard a yelp — and found her pooch on the ground about 50 feet away from her property line.

    “Who killed my dog?” she screamed, NJ.com reported.

    State officials identified Tonka’s killer as Romeo Antonucci, a coyote hunter from Kenilworth.

    Antonucci faces charges of careless discharge, damage to property and a deer-tagging violation, said a New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection spokesman.

    He is a licensed hunter and had permission to be in part of the wooded area, but not where Tonka was shot. Paid Content by Mazda Latino
    Mongno disputes Antonucci’s claim that he mistook her pet for a coyote, citing the dog’s white color, large size and the fact that the dog was wearing a collar. “This guy isn’t a hunter, he doesn’t represent hunters. He represents bad decision making,” Mongno told NJ.com.

    She added that her husband is a hunter and she doesn’t support banning hunting.

    But she does believe hunters should abide by the law, which requires them to stay 150 feet away from residences.

    Mongno said her two children often play in the area, and she’s now concerned for their safety.

    Mongno announced Tonka's death in a Facebook post, saying, “We are broken here in the Mongno house.”
    “I should have the right to know who’s in the woods around me or with my children,” she said. “If I knew there was going to be someone from outside our neighborhood near here or out there with a weapon, I would’ve been more cautious.”

    Her family is still mourning the loss of Tonka.

    “We lost a part of our family.” she told NJ.com.

    She announced Tonka’s death in a Facebook post Thursday, saying, “We are broken here in the Mongno house.”
  2. TWadeJ

    TWadeJ Big Dog

    How horrible!
  3. Nat Ursula

    Nat Ursula Good Dog

    So sad...

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