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Hometown Living At Its Best 25 15) and Stevie (11) to Mount Vernon to be closer to family. Amanda took a position as a Case Manager at the Wheeler County Correctional Facility where her husband also works as an Investigator. “Just after we moved, our dog Venus had had 13 puppies,” said Amanda. “We were extremely careful about where the puppies were placed because dog fighting with Rottweilers is still so rampant in the United States. We didn’t want any of them to go to someone who might mistreat them.” They’d been unable to find good homes for two of the puppies, and so they became a part of the family. “It was March in 2015. We had a fence installed,” said Amanda, “and the floor of the pen poured with concrete to ensure the dogs could never dig out.” Anyone who has ever built a dog pen with concrete flooring will know that this was no small investment. But the dogs were important to the Shook family. During the brief time in which the concrete had to set, the dogs were secured on a chain in the Shook’s yard. “As soon as we got home from work, we brought them inside,” said Amanda. But when she brought Falco inside that day, she immediately noticed her leg. “It was huge. I thought maybe it was a snake bite.” Falco was rushed to Four Rivers Veterinary Center in Vidalia, and x-rays were taken. What they found was not the result of a snakebite, but of birdshot. “When we looked around, we found pellets lodged in the exterior of our home as well,” said Amanda’s husband Stephen. “We realized then that whoever shot our dogs, shot a gun toward our house, too.” “Falco’s brother was also injured, but she took the worst of it,” said Amanda. “When we moved in, a few people let us know they were not happy that we had Rottweilers in the neighborhood. But our dogs have never done anything to warrant concern. They are gentle, just lap dogs. I could only assume that they had already formed an opinion about the breed from a bad experience or stories they’d heard about dogs that were abused or neglected.” Even so, Amanda said she respected the concerns of her neighbors. “We kept our dogs secure until we could get the fence


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