This Former Marine, Suffering From PTSD, Is Fighting For His Dog's Lif

This Former Marine, Suffering From PTSD, Is Fighting For His Dog's Life!

April 14, 2016

This Former Marine, Suffering From PTSD, Is Fighting For His Dog's Life!

A former Marine suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is now fighting for his dog's life. He claims King George County Animal Control wants to put his pup down after it allegedly killed a nearby farmer's chickens and attacked his cow.

Tyler Kelly planned to make Thor his emotional support dog. He wants to be able to take him everywhere so he can better combat his illnesses.

In addition to PTSD, Kelly has Bi-Polar Disorder and a kidney disease — all discovered while he was training for the Marines in boot camp in 2013. He said Thor’s comfort is unmatched.

“He's the only one that's been there when nobody [else] was,” Kelly said. “Every night that I have my hard nights, hard times, he's right there, by my side.”

Thor is a 1-year-old Alaskan Malamute and Husky mix. He's more than a best friend for Kelly, acting as a quasi-therapy dog, sensing when Kelly is having a tough time and putting his head in his lap. And Thor helps Kelly get out. The two play fetch in the neighboring fields.

“If they do put him down, they're going to be killing a part of me too,” Kelly said. 

It was across those fields at a neighboring farm where Kelly said King George County Animal Control claims Thor was on the loose, killing chickens and attacking a baby cow.

"I get a call the other day saying the only option I have is to put him down,” Kelly said. “I don't think that's very fair." Kelly thinks Thor was only trying to play.

"That dog would never hurt a fly,” Kelly said. “I've taken him all kinds of places. He's been around so many dogs, cats, people, kids."

Kelly said his dog’s fate is in the hands of King George County Animal Control. They would not comment on the case because of the ongoing investigation.

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11 Responses

J South
J South

April 15, 2016

The dog should go back to his owner.If anything have him pay for the darn chicken. Honor our men and women who have served our country. We should help our Veterans and support all that are serving and that have served.

Ivan Nace
Ivan Nace

April 15, 2016

My thoughts and prayers are with you both. Thank you for your service and may God bless you.

Pam
Pam

April 15, 2016

I have a service dog and she has been through a lot of training and evaluations for her role in my life. Just because you love your pet does not mean it can be a service dog. Not long ago my kitten and I were attacked by a dog whose owners claimed it was a sweet dog who would never hurt anybody. However, we found out later the dog attacked and killed several kittens through the neighborhood that day. The dog actually jumped on me and took my kitten out of my arms. It really doesn’t sound like this dog would make a good service dog
Cheryl Sparkman
Cheryl Sparkman

April 14, 2016

I’ve worked with animals my whole life and I can say you can’t make up rules that will generically fit every situation when dealing with animals
Do the right thing and give the man his dog back

Gina hanson
Gina hanson

April 14, 2016

I beg of the kings county to give Thor another chance ..it’s sad that the chicken was killed and the poor baby cow was injured…all lives matter Thor would apologise for his mistake if he had a voice..let Thor prove to the county that he is responsible and can change…ALL LIVES MATTER SPARE THOR AND LET HIM PROVE TO HIS COMMUNITY THAT HE IS REMORSEFUL FOR WHAT HAPPEND AND HE WILL BE RESPONSIBLE MEMBER OF HIS COMMUNITY..SINCERELY G HANSON

Gina hanson
Gina hanson

April 14, 2016

I beg of the kings county to give Thor another chance ..it’s sad that the chicken was killed and the poor baby cow was injured…all lives matter Thor would apologise for his mistake if he had a voice..let Thor prove to the county that he is responsible and can change…ALL LIVES MATTER SPARE THOR AND LET HIM PROVE TO HIS COMMUNITY THAT HE IS REMORSEFUL FOR WHAT HAPPEND AND HE WILL BE RESPONSIBLE MEMBER OF HIS COMMUNITY..SINCERELY G HANSON

Marie TARANGO
Marie TARANGO

April 14, 2016

What is wrong with this animal control ? We had a irish setter on our farm who killed many of our chicken ,it was the most gentle dog but had fun catching chicken. It never ate any I guess it was a game for that crazy mutt .We didn’t kill it because of that we just watched so that it couldn’t get to the birds.GIVE THAT DOG BACK TO THIS VET HE NEEDS IT AND BY TAKING IT AWAY YOU ARE AGGRAVATING HIS SITUATION !

Bert Harris
Bert Harris

April 14, 2016

Give the Dog a chance

Michael Hayes
Michael Hayes

April 14, 2016

This dog needs proper training, not to be put down. This dog deserves a second chance !

robin
robin

April 14, 2016

I have chickens ,cows and calf’s I completely understand all of it,but give the dog one more chance.Make sure his owner understand this is it last chance keep a hold of your dog. See here if your your dog is caught killing somebody live stock they just shot it,good luck with your life! Praying

Jodi Riggs
Jodi Riggs

April 14, 2016

There need to be exceptions. Put in an invisible fence so there is insurance this doesn’t happen again. This man clearly needs his dog for more medical/mental reasons. Can’t the farmer, vet and dog counsel come to an agreement?

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