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Facebook video shows dog shot to death in central MN, investigators say

On Tuesday, the Wadena County Sheriff's Office got calls reporting a video on Facebook showing a dog being shot.
Credit: Wadena County Sheriff's Office

WADENA COUNTY, Minn. — The Wadena County Sheriff's Office is investigating the shooting death of a dog in Wadena County on Sunday.

A deputy found the dog dead at McGivern Park campground north of Staples, surrounded by shell casing. It was laying on a frozen river without tags.  

On Tuesday investigators received tip calls reporting a video on Facebook showing a dog being shot. Authorities say the video shows one person shooting the dog, and another person kicking snow onto it. The siblings were heard laughing on the video post. 

Police said there may be another video of the dog being hit with golf clubs prior to being shot. Authorities said they have not received a copy of the video and nor can they verify it exists. 

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The dog did not move for the duration of the video.

Names were attached to the Facebook video, and authorities have been following up on them.

A source close to the investigation tells the Fargo Inforum that a set of siblings first beat the dog with a golf club, and then fatally shot the animal after it nipped at a family member.  

A relative of the siblings who didn't want to be identified told the Inforum that the brother and sister need to be held accountable for their alleged actions.

"They have managed to evade discipline their entire lives," the family member said. "I am worried about what will happen next. This was cold-hearted, a thrill for them, with no regard to life."

The investigation is still open. The Animal Humane Society in Golden Valley is involved in the case. 

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