Police charge hunter in Edwards dog shooting
Edwards, CO Colorado
EDWARDS, Colorado ” Charges are currently pending against Lee Jensen, of Wisconsin, after he shot and killed a dog while hunting in West Lake Creek in Edwards, Colorado last week, the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office says.
Jensen will be charged with criminal mischief and for recklessly discharging a firearm, the Sheriff’s Office says.
Nathan Schroepfer was hiking up Lake Creek Trail with his roommate’s chocolate Lab, Crowley. The dog ran off about 15 feet with a stick in its mouth.
The hunter told authorities that he was in fear for his life when he shot the dog, the Sheriff’s Office says.
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Schroepfer said he lifted the 115-pound dog into his arms and headed down the hill, blood covering his pants and running into the snow. He got to a certain point where he couldn’t carry Crowley anymore, so he covered him up and left.
He had to leave Crowley in the woods overnight until he could rally help from friends and neighbors the next morning to retrieve the body, which they then took to a local veterinarian.
Crowley’s owner, Dave Perron, of Edwards, was out of town when his dog was killed, and received the news while waiting at an airport in Miami.
“It’s weird for him to be running around with a stick in his mouth, then he’s gone,” Perron said Saturday. “I don’t know how you’re hunting for elk and then shoot a lab. There’s a difference between a 2,000-pound animal and a 115-pound animal. It’s just absolutely sickening.”
Perron said he will to try and raise awareness on the trail by posting signs. Perron also said he’ll cremate Crowley and spread his ashes in Edwards Dog Park.
“He was the best dog ever,” he said. “He was a once in a lifetime dog. He’s an eternal friend.”