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Deer hunters shoot, kill 2 family dogs near Braham

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A trio of pet lovers in Braham is dealing with the sudden loss of their two dogs, both of whom were shot to death by deer hunters over the weekend -- and it may not have been an accident.

In rural Isanti County, a group of friends were crushed when they learned their dogs were dead, shot by hunters even though both were wearing blaze orange collars. Now, authorities are looking at possible criminal charges in what the pet owners call a callous and senseless act of cruelty.

"I can't put it into words," Nikki Ostrom told Fox 9 News. "She was everything to us -- our farm dog."

Ostrom said she feels like she lost a family member this weekend as she grieves Maggie, her treasured Australian Shepherd-Labrador mix.

"She was taken away by one stupid incident that never should have been, never should have happened," Ostrom said.

That incident unfolded in the woods behind the Ostroms property near Braham. They say their dog was out running with its mother, a black Labrador retriever Daisy, when two shots rang out on Saturday morning.

Nikki and John Ostrom say they could hear the dogs yelping, and with deer hunters out and about, John Ostrom knew it wasn't good.

"We've been keeping an eye on them because it is hunting season," he said.

A close friend of the Ostroms, Tim Yotter, owned the lab. He and John Ostrom followed the fresh tracks to confront the hunters at a nearby home. The hunters allegedly had the dead dogs, and the owners wanted their pets and an explanation.

"I asked for the dogs back," Yotter said. "Finally, they had said, 'They are dead. Why do you want them back? They are dead.'"

Yotter explained they wanted to bring their pets home for burial, and eventually were given the bodies of their bloodied pets. Both had been shot twice.

Both Yotter and John Ostrom claim someone in the hunting group admitted shooting the dogs intentionally because the family pets were messing with their deer hunt.

"It's people like this who give deer hunters bad names," Yotter said.

When Fox 9 News went to the home to seek an explanation, the resident inside would not admit or deny it, telling reporter Paul Blume, "He can say whatever he wants, but he's got to prove it."

The pet owners have filed an incident report with the Isanti County Sheriff's Office for possible charges of animal cruelty or destruction of property. Fox 9 News has learned the case will soon be headed to the county attorney's office for review.

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