A Minnesota dog named Donald Trump was not shot to death about politics, authorities said Wednesday. (GoFundMe)
A dog by the name of Donald Trump that was fatally shot in Minnesota earlier this week wasn’t killed more than a political rivalry, despite the social media users’ false claims, a sheriff said Wednesday.
The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office to the conclusion that the suspect was linked to the Sunday shooting was “the legal protection of their livestock” on private property. The suspect has not been identified.
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“The facts have been misrepresented on social media sites,” Sheriff Shawn Hooks’s office said in a statement about the dog’s death. “Unfortunately, people are now posting multiple threats of violence against civilians in the area and justifying the threats on the basis of these incorrect posts on social media.”
The owner of the dog, Randal Thom, is an avid supporter of President Trump, and is featured in dozens of news stories for frequenting Trump’s rallies. Some users of social media have claimed that a neighbor of Thom’s intentionally killed the dog.
Thom wrote on Facebook that he is the dog in a cornfield at midnight with four gunshot wounds. He estimated that the dog had had for 14 hours before being found.
“Please pray for my mental health” Thom posted on Facebook, along with a photo of him kneeling next to his dead colleague. “I LOVED YOU SO MUCH DONALD.”
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Neighbors have filed 14 complaints about Thom dog running loose, killing and the attacking of a person, according to the sheriff. Thom was convicted on a minor offence of “dogs and cats on the big” in 2015, according to Minnesota court records. He could not immediately be reached for comment.
Jackson County, along Minnesota’s southern border, about 160 miles south of Minneapolis.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.