Farmer killed Rottweiler legally, police say

February 20, 2002

A female Rottweiler found killed by a shotgun Friday in northeast Carroll County apparently was shot legally by a farmer protecting his livestock, according to Maryland State Police at Westminster.

Bill and Marie Murphy of the 3900 block of Schalk Road No. 1 in Millers said their pet, Sabre, which had given birth to puppies 10 days before, was dead when they found her.

The dog reportedly had attacked domestic rabbits and roosters at a nearby farm, said Lt. Terry L. Katz, the barracks commander, and state law justifies shooting loose dogs attacking livestock.

No new information was available in the killing of a male Rottweiler the same day about five minutes away, said the owner, Adrienne Whitney of the 197000 block of Grave Run Road in Baltimore County.

Her pet, Samson, made it home after being shot six times at close range by a handgun, but died at a veterinary hospital.

Police at the Cockeysville precinct said they had no developments in the case.

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