A Winona woman’s case was dismissed after it was discovered she didn’t know that her dog was loose until she received a text message that he was shot.
Amanda Lane was charged with allowing Tyler, her Corgie-Fiest mix, to roam free, which is a violation of Winona’s dog ordinance.
Animal Control Officer Arlin Pearson testified in Winona City Court that he was called to the scene along with Winona Police Department after the department received a call of shots fired and learned that a dog had been shot.
Pearson said the dog was shot with what appeared to have been a hollow point bullet. The dog is recovering from his injuries.
“He had one entrance wound and two exit wounds,” Pearson said.
Officer Bryant Bell testified that he spoke to the person who shot Tyler, and he admitted to shooting the dog.
“He said he shot him because he was being aggressive and chasing some kids,” Bell said.
Bell said the man told him the dog had been aggressive before, and he’d seen him chasing kids in the neighborhood before.
Lane admitted that Tyler had gotten loose in the past which is why they built the fence so he wouldn’t get out.
Bell said when they responded to the home where Tyler was found, he was up under a car, and it was hard to see him. He said he only saw Tyler under the car and in Lane’s vehicle.
When asked if Tyler had a collar on, both Pearson and Bell said they couldn’t remember if he did or not.
Lane said Tyler had a fenced in an area in her yard, but the dog was getting taller than the fence so he was chained to a pole. She said when she saw Tyler before she went to a pool party, he was still in his cage and had his collar on his neck.
However, she said when she saw Tyler, he no longer had his collar on his neck and the rope connected to the chain was still on the pole.
Following testimony, Lancaster ruled that the evidence did not support the charges and dismissed the charges against Lane.