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Couple Survives Las Vegas Shooting, Neighbor Shoots And Kills Their Dog

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Neetu Chandak Education and Politics Reporter

A Washington state couple who survived the Las Vegas shooting in October 2017 claims their 1-year-old dog was shot and killed by their neighbor Sunday.

Joe Johnson of Bellingham confronted his neighbor after he found Jax, a labradoodle, dead in their driveway, KOMO News reported Friday.

“If it was your dog chasing my chickens, then yes, I shot your dog,” the neighbor, 49, allegedly said according to Johnson, KOMO reported.

Chief Criminal Deputy Doug Chadwick said that while it was not unlawful to shoot at an animal causing harm, he believed the neighbor’s chickens were not threatened. The Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office also confirmed that the neighbor endangered those walking by due to recklessly aiming and firing the weapon, according to KOMO.

Reckless discharge of firearms include aiming either loaded and unloaded firearms toward people and willfully firing a gun where any person could be at risk, according to the Washington State Legislature.

Johnson along with his wife Lona Johnson bought their puppy on October 20, 2017, nearly three weeks after the massacre occurred on Oct. 1, 2017 at a music concert. (RELATED: Las Vegas Shooting Survivor Becomes Police Officer)

“When I’d have anxiety and panic attacks, he’d [Jax] calm me down,” Johnson said, KOMO reported.

Over 50 people were killed and more than 500 people faced injuries, according to Business Insider.

The Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office did not immediately reply to The Daily Caller News Foundation request for comment.

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