W.P. Norton

—-AP UPDATE: Jeffery Brandt, who killed soldier dog Major Mike, will not be charged

In dogs, specialforces, wardogs on November 6, 2015 at 12:28 pm

A veteran of the Special Forces. A living IED detector. A saver of lives. Shot dead in Montana by a bicycle. A legal shooting, authorities said.

The AP has moved the following story on the closing of the investigation into the shooting death of Major Mike, the war dog who helped his handler, Matt Bessler, confront the challenges of civilian life: The report:

POWELL, Wyoming — (AP) — The Park County Sheriff’s Office says no charges will be filed in connection to the fatal shooting of a Powell veteran’s service dog.

Matthew Bessler served with his Belgian Malinois, named Mike, in Iraq in the U.S. Army before bringing the dog home to Powell to help him with his post-traumatic stress disorder. Mike was shot and killed on Oct. 10.

The Powell Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/1WEXLN3 ) that on Thursday Sheriff Scott Steward said he didn’t doubt Mike was a caring companion to Bessler, but he also didn’t doubt that the 10-year-old dog attacked and injured a 70-year-old man in April. The shooter says Mike attacked him.

Bessler was out of town at the time of the shooting.

Bessler says both he and Mike returned from Iraq with PTSD, making them a team in recovery.


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