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      Dog shot and killed in Ottumwa

      When Randy Davis and his wife Shirley adopted a chocolate lab named Barney three weeks ago, they weren't sure how he would get along with their Saint Bernard, Newton.

      "The first day we had him, we didn't get the dogs together, because we didn't think Newton would like having another dog to share his home with," said Shirley. "But it came to just the second day--we could tell they were really going to get along."

      Barney had quickly developed an attachment to his new family.

      However, that attachment would not last long.

      In a senseless, heinous act of violence--Barney was shot and killed last Wednesday night.

      When the Davis's heard the Heartland Humane Society needed temporary homes for dogs during the cold weather, they reached out and ended up with Barney.

      He quickly grew close to Newton and their daughter, Wendy, who has Down's Syndrome.

      So they decided to make the adoption permanent.

      Like a normal Wednesday evening, Shirley let the dogs out in their fenced-in backyard.

      "When Barney came back in he was vomiting blood, and we didn't know what was going on," said Randy. "We thought maybe he had swallowed a sharp object or something."

      However, that wasn't the case.

      When their veterinarian arrived, a bullet wound was discovered.

      The autopsy concluded a pellet gun was used to kill Barney which explains why a gun shot was not heard.

      The crime is currently under investigation, and the Davis family must now cope with the loss of their beloved dog.

      "If I didn't experience what happened, I wouldn't even believe it," said Randy "And even now--several days later--it's hard to process mentally."

      If anyone has information on the crime they should contact the Ottumwa Police Department.

      Friends of the Randy Davis family have established a fund at a local Ottumwa bank for those who would like to donate to a reward fund to help identify Barney's killer, and to help the Davis family with some veterinary and related expenses including replacing their carpeting.

      Any excess funds will be donated to the Heartland Humane Society in Ottumwa.

      Donations may be mailed to:"Friends of Barney Brown"

      c/o Midwest One Bank

      PO Box 718

      Ottumwa, IA 52501-0718