DAMMERON VALLEY – St. George News columnist Dallas Hyland was attending this evening’s St. George City Council debate when he received a disturbing message: someone had shot and killed his dog in Dammeron Valley.
Sasha, a year-and-a-half-old Alaskan Malamute, was playing in his parent’s front yard. Hyland’s mom heard the gunshots and ran outside to find the white pup dead in the front yard. Her home borders Bonnie Springs Road, which is a service road to BLM and U.S Forest land.
“As usual for this time of year, there was heavy traffic on the road for the deer hunt,” Hyland said. “… I am a hunter and I know that no hunter would have done this. This was a senseless crime committed by a deplorable human being. It is just reasonable to assert that it may have been someone out where the hunters were and might have been dressed like one.”
Hyland believes Sasha was killed by people passing the property in their vehicle and not someone in the yard provoking the animal as his mom did not see anyone after she heard the shots. Hyland said his dog had never attacked anyone either.
“This dog had the most incredible disposition and never in his life showed an ounce of aggression,” Hyland said. “He was the comforter and protector to my three young sons and faithful companion to me and my wife.”
Hyland said his family spoke to Officer Wes Licalzi with the Washington Sheriff’s Office who said it appeared to be an intentional kill – a felony.
“The discharge of a firearm on this road between two houses alone would have been illegal … “ Hyland said. “Any information about this would be greatly appreciated.”
Any persons who have any information are urged to contact the Washington County Sheriff’s Office at 435-634-5730.
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