VT Supreme Court To Weigh Dog Shooting Case

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The Vermont Supreme Court is getting set to hear a long-running case over whether the owners of a dog that was fatally shot should be able to collect damages in a lawsuit for loss of companionship and emotional distress.

Denis and Sarah Scheele of Anapolis, Md., sued Lewis Dustin of Northfield after their mixed-breed dog Shadow wandered onto Dustin’s property and Dustin shot it.

Dustin was convicted of animal cruelty, but the civil suit has been winding its way through the courts.

On Thursday, the court is expected to hear arguments in the case, which has drawn national attention.

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