2 Rottweilers killed; reasons are unknown


Two pet Rottweilers were fatally shot in separate incidents Friday near the Carroll-Baltimore county line for unknown reasons, according to the owners who reported the killings to authorities.

Sabre, a female, had puppies 10 days before she was found dead, apparently from a shotgun blast, said Bill and Marie Murphy of the 3900 block of Schalk Road No. 1 in Millers, Carroll County.

About a five-minute drive from the Murphys, Adrienne Whitney of the 19700 block of Grave Run Road in Baltimore County, said 3-year-old Samson struggled home about 4:30 p.m. with six bullets in him, apparently fired at close range from a 9 mm handgun. He died that night at a veterinary hospital.

"It's the same type of dogs, the same situation," said Murphy. "Ours is bad, but theirs is worse because when theirs came home, he was alive."

Samson was big at 120 pounds, but "his biggest fault is he was really friendly," Whitney said yesterday. "If he was attacking somebody, I could understand. If somebody decided Rottweilers are all evil and wants to get rid of them, that's different."

She called Baltimore County police because of the way Samson was killed and after hearing through a mutual acquaintance that the Murphys' Rottweiler was shot the same day. At the Westminster State Police barracks and the Cockeysville precinct yesterday, no other incidents had been reported.

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