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Man Shot And Killed Dog In Front Of Child After She Tripped And Dropped Her Pet’s Leash

Published: January 18, 2022 at 08:26 PM Author: Penny Eims

Des Moines, Washington – An 11-year-old girl is mourning the loss of her four-legged best friend, who was shot and killed last week after she tripped and lost her grip on his leash. The five-year-old boxer, whose name was Tyson, was on a walk with Serenity, who goes by Tiny, last Wednesday.

Tyson got away from Tiny when the child tripped and let go of his leash. When Tyson was free, he ran towards 64-year-old Curtis Madden’s Labrador retriever. The dogs never fought, but Madden decided to shoot Tyson as he was walking back to his owner, who had called to him after he got loose.

The first shot injured Tyson. According to prosecutors, the injured dog was limping and circling the little girl when Madden shot him again – ending the young dog’s life just feet in front of the little girl, who has stated that she feared for her own life.

Responding police officers determined that Madden’s dog had not been attacked and witnesses to the incident also stated that Tyson was never close to Madden’s dog. According to court documents, Madden never expressed remorse for killing Tiny’s dog and in fact, boasted about it.

Prosecutors have called Madden “dangerous and cruel,” and the man is facing a charge of felony first-degree animal cruelty, which is the most severe animal cruelty charge that can be filed in Washington state. Madden was booked into the King County Jail and could spend up to five years behind bars if he is convicted.

Tyson is dead and a child is left traumatized by a horrific act of cruelty that should never have happened. Please add your name to this petition to help put Madden away for the maximum amount of time allowable by law!

We the undersigned demand Madden gets put away in jail for the maximum amount of time allowable by law!

Note: Individuals are presumed innocent until being found guilty in a court of law. Animal Victory relies upon the authorities and the court system to determine guilt or innocence.



Seattle Times


Update 8/17/2022: There are two scheduled trial dates. The first one is set for 8/29/2022 and second is for 10/13/2022 at 8:30 am. 

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Update 3/29/2022: Animal Victory has learned that the trial begins on 5/26/2022.

Update 1/26/2022: Animal Victory has learned that Madden is due in court for arraignment tomorrow, 1/27/2022, at 9 a.m. for reckless endangerment and animal cruelty in the first degree.

Update 1/26/2022: Animal Victory has sent 17,949 signatures to King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg.

Man Shot And Killed Dog In Front Of Child After She Tripped And Dropped Her Pet's Leash

19,044 signatures = 95% of goal


19,044 Vanesa Marrow Sep 23, 2022
19,043 Guisselle Martinez Sep 17, 2022
19,042 Jennifer Warrow Sep 13, 2022
19,041 Shambhavi Ojha Sep 12, 2022
19,040 Carmen Verdugo Sep 11, 2022
19,039 Craig Davis Sep 10, 2022
19,038 Mike Davis Sep 10, 2022
19,037 Jammie Davis Sep 10, 2022
19,036 Michelle Krueger Sep 09, 2022
19,035 Lynne Mclaughlan Sep 06, 2022
19,034 Shanelle Manzanares Sep 06, 2022
19,033 Jeffrey Clouatre Sep 04, 2022
19,032 Tina Woods Sep 03, 2022
19,031 Nancy Coupe Sep 03, 2022
19,030 LEO MENDEZ Aug 28, 2022
19,029 MARIE BOTEILHO Aug 28, 2022
19,028 Teresa carlson Aug 28, 2022
19,027 Rodney Leamy Aug 25, 2022
19,026 Lindsay Taylor Aug 23, 2022
19,025 Mirlan Bayaman Aug 20, 2022
19,024 Daria Bucklin Aug 20, 2022
19,023 Paula Irvine Death penalty for pure evil I wonder what he does to his child if he has done an evil act to this defenseless dog Aug 18, 2022
19,022 Karen Sexauer Aug 15, 2022
19,021 Sarah Stansill Aug 14, 2022
19,020 Amy Dillon Aug 13, 2022
19,019 Olivia Castle Aug 11, 2022
19,018 Vickie Barnett Aug 10, 2022
19,017 Renee Crawford Aug 10, 2022
19,016 Amy Wright This man should be shot and killed in front of his entire family. So they can see what happens to sick bastards. He shouldn’t walk free that’s for sure Aug 07, 2022
19,015 Ana Carolina Casey Please put this dog abuser in prison evil monster! Aug 05, 2022