A couple who survived the shooting in Las Vegas in 2017 were devastated after their neighbor shot the dog to treat the PTSD of the attack.
Lona and Joseph Johnson, from Washington, were at the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival in October when an armed man killed 58 people and wounded hundreds more.
The couple bought Jatro labradoodle after the attack to help with their anxiety and stress.
Canvas and Joseph Johnson with the pet dog Jax, who helped them comfort after the shooting in Las Vegas
Early on Sunday, the couple reported hearing gunfire in their rural community in northwest Washington.
Neighbor Odin Maxwell, 49, was accused of recklessly unloading a firearm.
Maxwell said the dog had been chasing his chickens, but investigators found no evidence that any hens had been injured.
The Johnsons used the mascot to comfort them and their two children, who were not at the concert but saw the news and knew that their parents had been shot.
Mr. Johnson said: & # 39; It was a great blessing. He gave us something to wait for. I really believe that Jax was a big part of our healing. "
The Johnsons say that the labradoodle was shot to death by his neighbor Odin Maxwell, 49
Maxwell, a workers' compensation lawyer in Bellingham, declined to comment.
The Johnsons said they had not had any previous dealings with Maxwell.
Johnson said a nephew returned one of Maxwell's chickens unharmed after he entered his property only a few days before the dog was shot.
He said the couple is considering suing Maxwell. They also plan to organize a 5km race for people with their dogs to raise awareness about animal cruelty.
"We are quite upset and injured right now," said Lona Johnson.
& # 39; Unchained a large amount of PTSD for our family. We are still trying to deal with what happened in Las Vegas, and then this happened. Everyone who knows us knows how important Jax was to us. "
Ms. Johnson's cousin, Melinda Brockie, was injured in the festival shooting.