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Jun 20, 2012 6:47 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Owner Of Shot Golden Retriever Still Mourns

Jun 20, 2012 10:08 AM

It has been two months since Howard Pickerell, a dog lover who lives on a wooded parcel near where the hamlets of North Sea, Noyac and Water Mill converge, learned that one of his beloved golden retrievers had been shot to death—but the passage of time does not mean the loss is any less painful.

“This dog was like one of my kids,” Mr. Pickerell, 67, said this week about 11-year-old Dodger, the furry friend who slept every night in Mr. Pickerell’s bed in his West Trail Road home. Just moments before his death, Dodger had been enjoying a belly rub from his owner. “It’s very upsetting,” he said.

Dodger went missing one day several weeks ago. Mr. Pickerell and his wife, Diane, 62, were up all night searching for him, Mr. Pickerell recalled. The next morning, a jogger called him to report that Dodger’s body had been found about seven miles away from home near some horse farms. He had been shot by either a .22-caliber gun or an air rifle, Mr. Pickerell speculated.

According to Southampton Town Police, a field report filed on April 18 notes that the dog’s body was found on Edge of Woods Road near some horse farms.

Although he does not believe Dodger’s death will ever be resolved at this point, Mr. Pickerell said he just hopes the community can become aware of what some people are capable of doing.

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Mr. & Mrs. Pickerell, I just wanted to say I am so sorry for your loss. I am a dog lover as well as a owner and I cant imagine what you are going through. To the heartless person who shot Dodger you may not have been caught but it is my belief that you will pay one way or the other. How do you go to sleep at night knowing what you did to this family and to Dodger.
By jacks (70), hampton bays on Jun 21, 12 11:07 AM
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Mr & Mrs Pickerall ... my husband and I are so very, very sorry for this terrible loss to your family. We are animal lovers and are both involved with ARF and were heartbroken to read your story. There are no words of consolation that can make it any better, but please accept comfort in knowing that Dodger lived his life being happy and loved because of you ... our condolences
By pkf242 (6), Water Mill on Jun 28, 12 10:03 PM