Harbeson Family Dog Shot & Killed; SPCA Investigating

Dec 13, 2012 -- 6:15am

UPDATED 2:35 PM BY ANDREW KOCH: The Kent County SPCA is investigating the shooting death of a 9-month-old Siberian husky last weekend.

Sela was a dog owned by the Lewis family of Harbeson. Last Friday night, the Lewis’ son was walking Sela when she slipped free of her collar and ran away. Later that night, she caught one of the turkeys that belonged to Terri Martin, the owner of M & D Bird Farm, and her boyfriend, and tried to go after their other birds, including ducks and chickens. Martin says they fired 3 warning shots before ultimately shooting the dog to stop it from going after the birds.

The SPCA tells WGMD that the investigation is still in its early stages, and investigators are still gathering information and looking into all aspects of the case. The SPCA will conduct a necropsy on Sela to determine the cause of death.


A Harbeson family tells WGMD that the owner and store manager of M & D Bird Farm on Route 9 shot and killed their 40-pound, 9-month-old Huskey who slipped his collar and ran away last Friday night.

Trisa Lewis says her family spent the entire weekend looking for Sela, even putting flyers in local stores and restaurants.

Lewis tells WGMD that her family found out on Tuesday that M & D Bird Farm Owner Terri Martin and store Manager Eric McGinnis shot Sela after they say the dog came onto their property and grabbed one of their Royal Palm Turkeys.

Martin tells WGMD that McGinnis was able to separate the dog and bird but the dog continued to try to get to other turkeys, chickens and ducks so they were forced to shoot the dog. No criminal charges are pending against Martin or McGinnis; the SPCA is however looking into the shooting.

In Delaware, it is legal for a farmer to shoot an animal that is posing a threat to livestock.



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