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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 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

18,976 signatures = 95% of goal

18,976 Dana Payton May 23, 2022
18,975 Daniel Avichail May 22, 2022
18,974 Michelle Peters Lock him up for all 5 years and not one day less. Ensure he is never around animals or children! He traumatized that child! He should also be forced to pay for the girls trauma therapy! May 21, 2022
18,973Anonymous Awful May 20, 2022
18,972 Steven Havercamp Jail. For a very long time. May 20, 2022
18,971 donna benjamin May 18, 2022
18,970 Melissa Ruppert May 16, 2022
18,969 Marion Friedl May 14, 2022
18,968 Patti Molero May 14, 2022
18,967 Cindy Rancourt May 14, 2022
18,966 Alessia Di Buono May 14, 2022
18,965 Ulrich Spauschus May 14, 2022
18,964 Anne Caillat May 14, 2022
18,963 Kelly A Kalish May 14, 2022
18,962 Tirzah Given May 13, 2022
18,961 Georgia Dees May 12, 2022
18,960 Francisco Cázares No more animal cruelty May 11, 2022
18,959 Keleen McBride May 11, 2022
18,958 Ron Davis May 10, 2022
18,957 Mark Renz May 10, 2022
18,956 Geana Davis May 10, 2022
18,955 diana Azrikam May 10, 2022
18,954 becky moroney May 08, 2022
18,953 Ana Castro May 06, 2022
18,952 Debra Wantland May 06, 2022
18,951 Ava Fox May 06, 2022
18,950 Mercedes Frank May 05, 2022
18,949 Suzanne Grafious May 04, 2022
18,948 Melanie Kowalski May 04, 2022
18,947 Andrea Stone May 04, 2022