Owner of slain Vail Valley dog settles civil suit
Vail, CO Colorado
VAIL VALLEY, Colorado – Edwards resident Dave Perron settled a civil suit outside of court with an out-of-state hunter that shot and killed his 2 1/2-year-old chocolate Labrador retriever in the Vail Valley in November.
“It’s bittersweet,” Perron said. “That’s kind of what it comes down to. It’s nice to not be reminded of it every day.”
Perron’s dog Crowley was killed by Lee Jensen, of Wisconsin, while hiking with Perron’s roommate in West Lake Creek. The dog ran off about 15 feet with a stick in its mouth before being shot.
The hunter told officials he was in fear for his life when he shot the dog, according to the Sheriff’s Office. Jensen was charged with criminal mischief and for recklessly discharging a firearm.
The charges have been dropped, District Attorney Mark Hurlbert said.
“There was a civil settlement and after that we talked with the owner of the dog and decided he didn’t want to go forward and we dismissed the case,” Hurlbert said.
Perron has received several donations since his dog was killed and used the money to make signs he plans to post on the trail his dog was killed on and some other local trails.
“I spoke with the rangers at the Minturn station and they’re going to put up some warning signs,” Perron said.
Perron has some money leftover from the donations he’s received and is considering putting a ramp – similar to the one at the TEVA Mountain games – at the Edwards dog park so dogs could jump off it into the water.
“I think that would be kind of a cool thing,” said Perron, who hasn’t decided on the ramp idea for sure and is still taking suggestions from people.
Staff Writer Chris Outcalt can be reached at 970-748-2931 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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