He didn’t suffer and I didn’t like killing her. There is a county leash law that you must follow so you don’t have to kill your pets anymore, said the cold missive. Nymeria was loyal, friendly and very friendly. Laws are here to protect us but sometimes they allow acts of extreme cruelty that impact and, unfortunately, this story is proof of that. Many places have leash laws that apply to dogs, and for good reason. Even the dog with the best behavior can be caused by something, fight with a less friendly dog or jump into traffic and cause an accident when chasing a ball or a creature.
These leash laws are intended to protect people and dogs, not to harm them, much less kill them if they break them without knowing it. Poor Nymeria is witness to this. After her owner Chad Stryker lost sight of her for a few minutes, the 10-month-old dog left her garden without a leash. When the owner noticed his absence, along with dozens of friends and family to find the whereabouts of his beloved pet.
4 days passed without finding Nymeria and Chad already doubted if he would find her, he just hoped the dog was fine. This little hope, however, went out quickly when he checked his mailbox.
There, tucked in an envelope, was her best friend’s necklace next to a note that said what no owner wants to hear: Nymeria was dead and her death had not been an accident. I regret to inform you that your dog was shot dead on Saturday night while digging through the garbage,” the written note said. He didn’t suffer and I didn’t like killing him. There is a county leash law that you must follow so you don’t have to kill your pets anymore, said the cold missive.
Chad could not believe it. A neighbor in his community preferred to shoot his 10-month-old dog for rummaging through his trash instead of calling him. He gave him no chance to amend Nymeria’s mistake, nor did she survive. While the law was on the neighbor’s side, that didn’t mean that the atrocity he committed was fine. This is why he wrote a public response for the mysterious neighbor to read and know all the damage he had caused just because a dog was in his trash.
RIP Nymeria, you were worth more than trash to me, girl. I received a ziplock bag with the Nymeria necklace and an anonymous note written in my mailbox tonight that said I had been shot dead because I was in someone’s trash Saturday night, said Stryker.
This is for the coward who shot my girl … I want you to know that she was one of the sweetest dogs in the world and very affectionate. You, my friend, are shit. You didn’t call me to let me know, man to man, you shot my baby on Saturday night. You allowed me and many other people to waste time looking for my baby who was already dead.
You never gave me the opportunity to correct the problem, you never came to me and told me that my dog was tearing up your trash. The kind of person I am, not only would I have picked it all up, but I would have made sure it didn’t happen again. You referred to a leash law and unfortunately, she was out for a brief moment (I take responsibility for that). That doesn’t give you the right to shoot my dog.
It is sad to think that I have a neighbor of your moral character living so close to me that I would do this. I hate you? No, I feel sorry for the person you are and those who have to tolerate you. All you did here was return the necklace and tell me that you had killed her. I think Nymeria was worth less than trash or a damn phone call.
If it wasn’t too much trouble, could you leave me another note in my mailbox (because obviously it’s too much of a coward to call me) and tell me where your body is so I can give it a proper burial? or if you just want to put it at the beginning of my path, he concluded.
Nymery’s terrible fate reminds us once again that animals must be treated with the same dignity as people: their lives are just as valuable.
The story of Chad Stryker and his neighbor should make that clear.