Veteran Loses Dog to Horrendous Crime, Sheriff Brings Him Sweet Surprise

Posted by TF Oren
Man with dog
Photo courtesy of Winnebago County, Wisconsin Sheriff's Office/Facebook.

Thanks to the kindness of a Wisconsin sheriff, an elderly veteran has a new best friend and a shelter pup has a forever home.

On March 7, William Carpenter, 78, was out for a walk with his two dogs in Winnebago County, Wisconsin.

Carpenter heard a gun shot, and soon after, discovered his beloved dog, Antone, lying dead. He'd been shot through the head with a high-powered rifle.

Carpenter, who has lived on the same farm in the town of Rushford his whole life, is on good terms with all of his neighbors, and walks his dogs daily, so Antone's shooting death was a mystery.

Antone was named after Carpenter's late best friend and fellow Air Force veteran. Carpenter bought the dog six years ago because he was depressed and wanted a companion. The two have been together ever since.

When news of the dog's killing spread, many residents of the community offered to replace the dog. However, Carpenter turned to Winnebago County Sheriff John Matz for help, and Matz was happy to oblige.

According to a post on the Winnebago County Sheriff's Office Facebook page:

"After searching long and hard for just the right fit, the Sheriff picked up Lovebug last night from a rescue in southern Wisconsin. They got home late, so Lovebug spent the night at the Sheriff's house...But Lovebug was promptly delivered this moring to Mr. Carpenter."

Carpenter and his new canine pal, rescue puppy Lovebug.
Carpenter and his new canine pal, rescue puppy Lovebug.

Thanks to Sheriff Matz, a devastating situation transformed into a happy ending for everyone involved. Way to go, Sheriff Matz! We wish Mr. Carpenter and Lovebug a long, happy life together!

This story is a great reminder of how animal rescue changes lives. If you're thinking of adding a pet to your household, adopt, don't shop. You'll be saving a life.

What do you think of this sheriff's kind-hearted actions? Let us know in the comments section below!

All photos courtesy of Winnebago County, Wisconsin Sheriff's Office/Facebook.

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