- Associated Press - Friday, November 6, 2015

POWELL, Wyo. (AP) - The Park County Sheriff’s Office says no charges will be filed in connection to the fatal shooting of a Powell veteran’s service dog.

Matthew Bessler served with his Belgian Malinois, named Mike, in Iraq in the U.S. Army before bringing the dog home to Powell to help him with his post-traumatic stress disorder. Mike was shot and killed on Oct. 10.

The Powell Tribune reports (https://bit.ly/1WEXLN3 ) that on Thursday Sheriff Scott Steward said he didn’t doubt Mike was a caring companion to Bessler, but he also didn’t doubt that the 10-year-old dog attacked and injured a 70-year-old man in April. The shooter says Mike attacked him.

Bessler was out of town at the time of the shooting.

Bessler says both he and Mike returned from Iraq with PTSD, making them a team in recovery.

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Information from: Powell (Wyo.) Tribune, https://www.powelltribune.com


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