NASHVILLE — A Nashville, Illinois family is mourning their family pets they say were shot dead by a Washington County Sheriff’s deputy who is also their neighbor.
Jennifer Akers says Bentley and Ella slipped their collars Sunday afternoon and a few hours later they were each shot twice by their neighbor and their bloody bodies dumped in the nearby woods.
Deputy Craig McDaniel reportedly said he shot the dogs for chasing cattle and then dumped them in the woods but Akers says if the dogs had been chasing cattle Sunday they would have been muddy and photos she has of their bodies shows their paws clean.
It’s unclear why McDaniel would dump the dogs in the woods rather than file a report and complaint had they been chasing cattle or as was later alleged they had attempted to bite.
Akers says she simply wants McDaniel to be held accountable for killing the dogs and for her 6-year-old daughter to see that her parents did everything to get justice for her pets.
The loss of Bentley and Ella has been traumatic for her daughter, says Akers, saying the child woke up Sunday night screaming and crying for the dogs that slept with her every night.
Calls to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office seeking comment have not been returned.