Marilyn brought us over a copy of a local paper that has a picture of one of the dead dogs, the men, and the article. Having Amish neighbors, I couldn't believe that they all believe this way, so David and I went and asked them. We went to the people that bought our farm, their daughter and son-in-law-they were disgusted by this. Said the Amish do not accept putting dogs down that way. That is not their way.
Next we went to the home of another Amish couple-he is a volunteer on the fire department like David. He raises dogs along with his farming. Through conversation he had heard about this, but read the article. He also thought this was terrible, and had never shot any of his dogs. He laughed and said one year he had puppies he couldn't sell. He thought of taking them to the Humane Society, but on the way he passed the Old Order Mennonite School and it was letting out, so he pulled in the driveway. They all went home with students from school. Today, he still sees some of the puppies (now full grown) at some of his Amish and Mennonite neighbors homes.
The only time David, Michael, Edward or myself ever shot an animal is for food. During hunting season, deer, maybe a turkey. When we are going to slaughter one of our cows or pigs they are shot, but never such a thing as killing 9 animals muchless puppies.
I want you to know that Amish and Old Order Mennonite do NOT believe this is accepted. We are aware it is criminal to put dogs down this way and even if it wasn't, we couldn't do such a thing. Also, we do NOT believe in the three s-shoot, shovel and shut up.
Be With God,
Jean and Marilyn