Plymouth Family Offers Reward After Dog Shot, Killed in Backyard

March 10, 2018 04:14 PM

A lot of people consider pets to be equal members of the family, and the Docken's in Plymouth is no exception.

"We joked he was our first born," Chris Docken said.


"They killed our dog. They killed our son," Sarah Docken said.

Porter was the family's purebred Springer Spaniel. The dog would have turned six on Monday. Chris showed us where he says he believes his dog was shot through the fence that surrounds their backyard along Northwest Boulevard Wednesday afternoon.

It's frightened them because it's the same space where their two-year-old daughter often plays.

"The last snowfall, my daughter and the dog were out here taking laps with a little wagon," Chris said.

Chris' wife Sarah was inside at the time and said she did not hear a shot but did hear Porter yelp.

"I ran outside and said, 'Porter! Porter! Come inside!' and got him inside and he was scared," she said. "I immediately called my husband and said we've got to get him to the vet right now."

They rushed Porter to the animal hospital but he did not survive. The police report indicates an x-ray showed a single pellet near Porter's heart.

"You destroyed our family, you hurt us," Chris said, speaking of the person responsible.

The Docken's took matters into their own hands and made flyers. They handed them out to neighbors asking for information that could help Plymouth police as they investigate.

"There's so much grief we had to do something," Sarah said.

Dep. Chief Dan Plekkenpol with Plymouth Police said they are investigating the case as a criminal act and they believe the shooting was intentional. He said officers also went door-to-door in the area looking for witnesses.

""It might connect with them and it might be the missing nugget we need to solve this case," Plekkenpol said.

A GoFundMe was set up to raise money for a reward for information leading to an arrest.

"We can't get him back that's clear but we want to know who you are and why you did what you did," Chris said.

Anyone with information that can help investigators should contact the Plymouth Police Department at 763-509-5160 or call Hennepin County Dispatch at 952-258-5321.



Matt Belanger

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