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Posted on January 24 at 9:27 a.m.
Thank you Ray Ford for taking the time to meet with Ian (and Mac) and write a second, more genuine article on their tragic incident. I can't imagine having to carry my dog out of the woods in that condition and my heart goes out to Ian and Laina for their loss. They are two of Santa Barbara's finest dog owners and their experience deserves the respect this story now gives them. RIP Billy.
On Remembering Billy the Dog
Posted on January 22 at 4:01 p.m.
Botany, please consider the excessive amount of time the hunter had to make his decision to kill a domestic animal. If the dog was truly going to attack then the hunter would not have had time to stop, back up, fall down, get back up, load his gun, aim and make a clean shot. Period. The dog was just barking. Had he been on the attack the hunter wouldn't have had enough time get up, let alone shoot this poor animal. And don't take digs on the dog's owner. If you knew this family you would retract your statement and feel some compassion for what they are going through not put blame on them. This was not a trained-to-kill attack animal people, it was a terrier—a cute, loving terrier that stood just over a foot tall.
On Dog Shot and Killed on Santa Cruz Trail