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Shot and Killed for no reason.
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Please help us seek justice for the murder of our poor miniature piggy, Caesar. He was shot and killed this past Thursday by a DNR office because he "posed a threat" and now they have stole and sent off his body for a bunch of unnecessary testing and we are not able to lay his poor body to rest. Publicity and the right people only will help us get him back and make the changes necessary so that this type of actions stop happening!
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anonymous
DNR Officers in Michigan have too much power. This was an arrogant and ignorant act. Justice for Ceasar.
+3 votes
Apr 6, 2015
anonymous
This officer should be removed from duty. This was a pet and if you know anything about wild boars or feral pigs you know this doesn't come close. He might mistake a wolf for a dog and shoot it next. Bottom line what a lack of training and judgement on his part. No respect for this man.
anonymous
Hi Ellen - THANK YOU for all that you do - you are a light that shines in the darkness and I can only wish that more people could realize that...  This is the pet pot bellied pig that was shot to death at the end of his own driveway in the Upper Peninsula of Mich last week by a DNR officer who mistook it for a wild Russian Boar. The incident marks the first time a DNR officer has shot a pig in the history of the state's "shoot to kill" mandate on wild boars...and he shot someone's pet instead. Apparently, the officer spotted "Caesar" as he was driving down the road and when he stopped to have a look the pig came trotting toward him and he shot it. This pig, like most pets had no idea that any human would hurt him for any reason. He'd never before been hurt or even frightened by a human in his whole life. Every human he ever met was nice and friendly to him...except one... Caesar was about the size of a Boston Terrier and was babied by his family and their human friends as if he was a little dog. When the owners called the pig and he didn't come they went out to look for him and simply followed his tracks to the end of the driveway where the tracks ended in a pool of blood. There were "drag" marks with blood in the snow a few feet leading to the edge of the nearest lane of the road. They took countless photros and videos on the entiore scene... They appealed on social network and other sources for information, thinking someone may have hit the pig and taken it with them- but reasoned that by way of where the pig obviously died that someone would have had to purposely swerve their car to hit him. After a couple of days a DNR officer with 15 years on the job came forward and told the owners he mistook the pig for a wild boar and shot it. He said the pig came trotting out of the woods at him and that he felt "threatened"... Apparently the officer did not realize the owners knew they were being lied to about the circumstances since they had tracked the pig to the end of their driveway right to the spot near the edge of the road where it died. They took dozens of photos and videos of the scene at the time. The pig wasn't in the woods...he hadn't been in the woods at all...and no doubt just trotted up to the officer because he'd never met a human that wasn't friendly before. The officer further confessed to the owners that only when he flipped the pig's body over did he realize it was not a feral boar because he noted it had been neutered. Think about this, it's broad daylight, middle of the day, he KNEW at that moment he had killed a pot bellied pig, not a wild boar, but instead of going in the driveway to look for the owners or checking with neighbors he just loaded up the pig's body and took it with him. Days later the officer came to the owners house- how did he KNOW which house to go to? Since he KNEW which house to go to- why didn;t he go there right after shooting the animal??? Among other things, the owners asked the officer for the pig's body, but he told them he had sent it to a lab for "biological testing" and it likely would not be returned. Why would this officer AND HIS SUPERIORS send this pig's body to a lab for testing when they already knew it was a pet? Obviously, this incident is wrong on more levels than can be tabulated. If John Q. Public had made this same "mistake" he would find out immediately that ignorance is not a defense in a criminal case and he would be charged with two Felonies, one for Animal Cruelty causing death, and a second Felony for using a firearm in the commission of the act which carries a mandatory 5 year prison sentence. THAT'S how serious this "mistake" is! But as yet, this officer has not been charged with a crime and the likelyhood is that the DNR will want to handle this quietly as an "administrative" matter...sort of like a "Department Code Violation" instead of turning it over to the local prosecutor. This "code infraction" just happens to be a CRIME! The officer's defense is that he didn't know the pig wasn't feral, but if pleading ignorance doesn't work for John Q. Public then why should it work for a sworn officer WHO IS PAID NOT TO BE IGNORANT? How can this officer be held LESS accountable then John Q. Public would be if he were in the same mess? Perhaps many citizens can't tell the difference between a wild Russian Boar and a pot bellied pig even though they are VERY different in appearance, but it's this officer's JOB TO KNOW THE DIFFERENCE. Not prosecuting this case and seeking a conviction is itself a crime under MCLA 750.52. VERY clear. The same man who would cheerfully arrest a citizen for mistaking an Elk for a Deer gets a "pass" for himself when he's too dumb to know the difference between someone's pet and a freaking wild boar??? I'm not anti DNR and I'm not a "cop basher". But when somebody does something wrong then it's wrong- and it doesn't matter if they wear a uniform or not. Not having a positive ID on your target is a carnal sin of firearm possession and this guy has already confessed to it. The owners of the pig caught him red handed in a lie about the circumstances of the killing and have photos and videos to prove it. I for one am NOT happy about having a man this dishonest and frankly, this STUPID on the state's payroll driving around with a badge and a gun. There are a LOT of very good, HONEST, INTELLIGENT DNR officers in this state, but a guy like this is a **** stain on their pant cuffs. I personally want to nominate this inept liar as the official STATE CLOWN of Michigan.
+3 votes
Apr 6, 2015
anonymous
So sad to lose a pet but to lose it because some one was educated enough to know the difference of a threat or pet..beyond sad.
+2 votes
Apr 7, 2015
anonymous
This is not the first time the Michigan Dept of "Natural Resources" has acted against the residents. Ellen, please do right by Caesar and give him some attention. The DNR has to learn that it can't go around shooting people's pets -- the agent said he mistook this little potbelly pig for a wild boar so he shot it!!! If nothing else, this agent needs to lose his job since he is so poorly trained. Thank you!
+2 votes
Apr 7, 2015
Sally Oh 100 points
That is my comment!
anonymous
We need your help! This is a crime and it goes on all the time in the U P of Michigan
+2 votes
Apr 7, 2015
arbee49735 220 points
Michigan Department of Natural Resources <> Marquette Customer Service Center
 1990 US-41 South
Marquette, MI 49855
906-228-6561
+1 vote
Apr 7, 2015
Upgirl
Please help make public!
+1 vote
Apr 7, 2015
Porcine Momma 170 points
This DNR officer was not threatened by this little pig, or, if he was he shouldn't be in this line of work.  This injustice needs to be made public, and Ellen, you are the one to do it.
+1 vote
Apr 7, 2015
anonymous
Please help this family find justice for what happened to Caesar.  I know this won't bring this innocent soul back but hopefully it will educate people so that this will never happen again.  Thank you.
+1 vote
Apr 8, 2015
Sebastian's mommy 105,120 points
#justice for Ceasar! #pig make #awesome pets. Not fair what happened. #allpigs go to heaven
0 votes
Apr 20, 2015