Reward For Killing Of Plymouth Dog Over $9,000

Family Wants Justice For Their Dog Which Was Shot In Their Backyard

March 15, 2018 - 10:12 am

By Edgar Linares, WCCO Radio

A Plymouth family wants justice for their dog shot and killed while playing in their backyard.

For Chris Docken and his family the loss of their dog Porter is an emotional and troubling subject.

It was last week during the afternoon, when Porter, a purebred Springer Spaniel, was in their backyard in Plymouth simply playing. Chris says his wife Sarah, his two-year old daughter and newborn child where inside their home. His wife was doing their taxes when she heard something.

“He let out a loud yelp,” said Chris. “Very uncharacteristic of our dog to cry like that.”

Initially Sarah thought Porter had been poisoned, so she called Chris to come home. He quickly rushed Porter to the animal hospital and was told Porter was not poisoned, but that he had been shot with a pullet gun.

“An hour, or so into our visit we found out Porter had passed away,” said Chris.

Chris spent the next day knocking on doors in their neighborhood asking for information and warning other dog owners. He then offered a $1,000 reward to find answers. That reward has now grown to nearly $10,000.

“People love their animals,” said Chris. “I’ve said since we got Porter he was our first born son. A lot of folks feel the same way.”

Chris’s backyard has a six-foot privacy fence so whoever did it really had to work to get the shot that killed Porter.

“It appears someone put a pullet gun through our fence at an angle and shot the dog,” said Chris. “We believe this may have been planned.”

The dog’s body is now at the University of Minnesota for an autopsy to hopefully get more answers. Plymouth Police are investigating the case as a criminal act.  The family has set up a Go Fund Me page to help cover vet bills and aid in the reward for information.