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Kentucky veteran's service dog found dead with gunshot wound to the head

Gunner, a Siberian Husky service dog was found dead with a gunshot wound to the head, according to reports Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018.

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By CLIFF PINCKARD | Advance Ohio Media, Cleveland | Published: February 2, 2018

COVINGTON, Ky. (Tribune News Service) — A veteran's service dog that had been missing for about three weeks was found dead of a gunshot wound, reports say.

The body of Gunner, a Siberian husky, was found Monday dumped near railroad tracks, WKRC Channel 12 reports.

The family of Bryan Vallandingham, the dog's owner, tells WLWT Channel 5 that Gunner had been shot in the head.

Vallandingham's wife, Kimberley, tells WLWT the family had received a phone call Sunday from someone demanding that $100 be put on an iTunes gift card in exchange for information on how to locate Gunner.

According to Fox 19, the Boone County Sheriff's Office is investigating. Sheriff Tom Scheben tells WKRC he's skeptical the person who called knew anything what happened to Gunner.

"Whoever did do this ... they will get theirs," said Vallandingham's sister-in-law, Anjanette Smith. "The police will find them. They are not invisible like they think they are."

Gunner would notify family members if Vallandingham, who served in the military for 14 years, was having a seizure.

"You took my dog," Vallandingham tells WKRC. "You stole him. You shot him. You may have hurt me and my family greatly but you will not break me."

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