Humane Society of Utah statement on the killing of Chewy

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MURRAY, UTAH (Nov. 14 2016) --  Humane Society of Utah statement on the killing of Chewy


Chewy, a 6-year-old two-pound toy Yorkshire Terrier, belonging to Nancy Jean Limburg was killed by a neighbor when he swung long-handled pruning shears at the animal, striking it in the head and killing it instantly. Witnessing the act was the Limburg’s 12-year-old daughter. St. George Police Officers responded to the call Friday, Nov. 11, at 4:30 p.m. in the area of 2040 E in St. George, Utah. In response to learning of the tragic killing, the Humane Society of Utah made this statement.


“This is a deplorable act, and we are trying to understand why the assailant felt that he needed to respond toward the approach of a two-pound dog in such an extreme manner,” said Gene Baierschmidt, HSU executive director. “We applaud the St. George Police Department for their due diligence in investigating this case and ask that the maximum charges be applied. Unfortunately, this situation should never have happened, and we extend our deepest condolences to the Limburg family in their time of loss.”


Possible violations include, but are not limited to, aggravated cruelty to an animal for killing without having a legal privilege to do so. Charges could result in a Class A, B or C misdemeanor depending on the intent of the assailant, which may be punishable by a term up to one year in prison and a fine up to $2,500.


“If a person has an animal complaint, they should speak with the pet’s owner or contact their local animal control services or local authorities, they should never take the matter into their own hands,” said Baiershmidt.


The Humane Society of Utah strongly encourages pet owners to maintain their pets on their property.