Middleburgh couple devastated over dogs’ shooting deaths

MIDDLEBURGH, N.Y. (NEWS10) – A family is devastated after their dogs were found shot and killed after they ran away from home near the Albany-Schoharie County line.

The Albany County Sheriff’s Office and the Department of Environmental Conservation are investigating after two pets were found shot to death.

“I work here on the farm by myself all day, and Ruger was my constant companion,” Pam Christensen said.

Pam and her husband, Jeff, lost their 2-year-old Rottweiler named Ruger and their 6-month-old Australian Shepherd/Corgi mix named Buster.

“Two small, cute little animals and some coward shot them,” Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple said.

The dogs were found shot dead over the weekend. They went missing on Friday. They were found on Saturday by a hunter near Route 353 in Albany County. The dogs were found only about a mile from their Middleburgh home.

The shooting does not appear to be an accident.

“It’s sad,” Apple said. “It’s a sad case. They don’t even come close to looking like some sort of wildlife animal.”

The Christensens said whoever shot their pets took away part of their family. They raised Buster from birth. He was the only male in the litter from their other two dogs, Ruby and Duke.

“He was just the apple of everyone’s eye,” Pam said.

“The worst part of it is life is too short to put misery into it,” Jeff said. “And this is no different than losing a child. It’s murder.”

Pam and Jeff may never know why or how someone could kill their dogs, but they’re confident investigators will find out who and they’re hoping that person is “brought to justice.”

Under a section of New York State Agriculture and Market’s Law, commonly known as Buster’s Law, whoever is responsible will face a felony charge for shooting the animals.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the Albany County Sheriff’s Office at (518) 765-2352.

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